YOU could be featured in our NEW ZINE!

Call for submissions:

A New Zine for Ottawa’s Creative Community
Ottawa Design Club presents a new triannual zine dedicated to showcasing creativity in and around our Nation’s capital. Yup!! read that right — we are launching our own zine!

We are creating a unique, hands-on repertoire of our community’s creative talent. The zines will be produced in small, hand numbered batches and will be sold to our local community. All proceeds will go directly to supporting the zine and Ottawa Design Club events.

Issue #1 Call for submissions: “Quarant-Zine”

We have been amazed by all the wonderful home grown design and creativity expressed lately, and we want to celebrate it.

For some, staying at home during this period of isolation meant the constant noise around us was gone. We suddenly had the gift of time and were able to dive deep into some personal creative work, or were inspired to do something to share our thoughts, feelings fears and hopes — or you just had to keep yourself sane while life was upended, by capturing the moment in an expression of art or design.

Issue #1 themed: “Quarant-Zine” will showcase creations from our community that were developed during our time away from society. We are looking for pieces that tell a story, share an experience or mood, or it could just be something you created during the lock-down that you feel proud about.

We are looking for creative work that falls into any of these categories:

  • Design
  • Photography
  • Illustration
  • Visual Art
  • Folk (Pottery, Wood, Glass, etc.)
(If your medium is not on the list, please send it our way. If it’s creative, we are interested!)

Submission Requirements

Deadline: Please send us your work before August 2nd, 2020, at 11: 59 p.m. (EDT)

Your application must contain the following:

  1. One or two image files of work developed during the quarantine (Ideally PDF or JPEG, RGB, minimum of 8” x 5” at 300 ppi. Photos must follow this naming convention: title, medium, size, date) - You may create a piece of artwork specifically for us too!
  2. A short description of the work, or what it means, or your process (Max 300 words)
  3. The answer to one of the following question:
    What has surprised you the most about this pandemic?
    Are design and creativity still important during a pandemic?
    How can design and creativity help to bring us back together after the pandemic is over?
Please send your works a folder or via WeTransfer or DropBox to

Selected designers/artists will be advised of their inclusion in the zine no later than August 14th, 2020.

If your artwork is selected:

Designers / artists will receive:

  • A printed and hand numbered copy of the zine
  • A feature in the zine
  • A feature on our social media channels

Should you have any questions please reach out to Isabelle Poirier ( ), or Ariane Bébard ( )

About the Ottawa Design Club

The Ottawa Design Club is a non-profit organization by designers, for designers, for Ottawa and surrounding communities. Our objective is simple — bring the design community together through events, activities, experiences and publications, and showcase the incredibly diverse and creative talent in our city and beyond.