Announcing Issue 11′s theme – BODY – call for pitches now open!

static zine body issue

Static Zine is excited to announce the theme for its 11th issue, body. Body is a very important topic to us editors, and we love reading stories and seeing art about bodies. We know that everyone has a body story to tell.

We want this issue to be an inclusive safe space that discusses all shapes, sizes, racial identities, strengths, forms, genders, non-binary identities, and dis/abilities. We especially encourage and welcome stories of vulnerability, struggles, encounters with ableism, racism, sexism, misgendering, paths to acceptance and confidence, injuries, etc. We do not accept language or art that excludes others or understandings.

Have a story about puberty? Body positivity? Your relationship with food? How your body has gotten you through the world? Learning to love your body? Your fixation with a certain part (or parts) of your body? What you want others to know about your body? About adapting to something? About fitness? About illness? About loss? Do you want to talk about your body art? Do you have a story of breaking a bone? What about your relationship with clothing? Do you have a memory of your body in a place? What about your body in reference to a relationship? These are just some ideas to spark yours.

If you are interested in contributing to this issue, please read the following carefully.

What we’re looking for: Right now, all you have to do is submit what you’d like to make a page about regarding the body theme. An idea for something serious, witty, funny, opinionated, you name it. You can come at the idea through any kind of word or art interpretation. Anything that works, printed on a sheet of paper. Common uses in our zine include personal stories, fiction, illustration, photo collages, game designs, comics, doodles, etc. Feel free to combine!

What to do right now: Email us at explaining what you would like to make a page on and how you plan to do it. We will get back to you *after* the deadline to discuss it.

Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2015. Submissions will then be due by Friday, April 10, 2015 *at the absolute latest*. We have low tolerance for late submissions, and it takes us time to put everything together and get printed, so please take this seriously.

Other important information:

  • “One zine page” = 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
  • Your page must be vertical.
  • If you would like to make it on your own:
    *Send us a photoshop or jpeg file. Resolution 600.
    *You can drop off a physical copy at our HQ in Toronto, but please make sure you keep your work a few centimetres from the borders of the paper, so nothing gets cut off. Although we may end up scanning it and reprinting it if we need to.
  • We print in black and white.
  • If you are including photos, try not to keep them too contrasty, as they don’t photocopy as well.
  • Please take a look at our previous issues to see our style.

Artists: We are also looking for someone to illustrate the cover. If you have a great idea that conveys body, get at us!

Thank you & we can’t wait to see your ideas!

Please don’t hesitate to ask us any questions!

Static editors Jessica, Melody & Aviva