A Zine for Ottawa’s (and beyond) Creative Community

Call for submissions:

The Ottawa Design Club presents it’s second zine Call for submissions.
Issue #2 Call for submissions: “Pop Culture

We are now accepting submissions for Zine 0002! Our theme for this edition will be ‘Pop Culture’. We are intentionally not defining the theme and are looking for original work to help us capture what ‘Pop Culture’ could be.

We invite you to send us various forms of submissions for this edition - visual, written or auditory even(!). Our vision is to collect submissions that will inspire, intrigue and motivate.

Centered around our theme of ‘Pop Culture’, we are looking for pieces that sheds light onto various aspects of what you think Pop Culture is. Tell a story, share your thoughts, experiences or mood in the form of writing, photography, poetry, pottery, etc.

Here are some ideas of media we are looking to include in this edition:

  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Visual arts
  • Folk (Pottery, Wood, Glass, etc.)
  • Poetry (spoken or written)
  • Music*
  • Video*
*For auditory submissions, we can use a QR code to direct readers to your piece.

Be creative you can mix the categories too. E.g. photo essay with images and short accompanying paragraph.

This list is not exhaustive, so please get in touch should you be interested in contributing with another form of submission. If it’s creative, we are interested!

Please note we will only accept submissions that are not infringed under any copyright laws (i.e. previously submitted work elsewhere).

Submission Requirements

Deadline: Please send us your work before January 24th, 2021, at 11: 59 p.m. (EDT)

Your application must contain the following:
(If you fail to submit the following information properly, it will put you at a disadvantage for your zine submission).

**Vous pouvez soumettre votre application en français. Nous sommes intéressés par l'idée de créer un zine bilingue qui reflèterait d'avantage notre communauté.**

  1. If submitting image(s); One or two image files of work (Ideally PDF or JPEG, RGB, minimum of 8.5” x 5.5” (portrait or landscape) + bleed of 0.125” 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. You application must include the following information:
    • Your full name
    • Your email address (where we can best reach you)
    • Your website and social media handles
    • A song you're really into these days (Spotify link)
    • Your mailing address (so if you are selected, we can send you a copy of the zine).
    • Please fill out the following information on this document - Zine 0002 Document
  3. A short description of the work, or what it means, or your process (Max 100 words)
  4. A short text or statement about pop culture. Here are some words to prompt you (Max 100 words)
    Scandal, Fashion, Patterns, Music , Reality, Sexy, Trends, Bubble Gum, Electric, Colourful, Hollywood, Icons, Groupie, Fandom and Influence
Please send your works and the filled out information form as a compressed.zip folder or via DropBox or Google Drive to zine@ottdesign.club

Selected designers/artists will be advised of their inclusion in the zine no later than February 5th, 2021.

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 ( izzy@ottdesign.club ), or Ariane Bébard ( ariane@ottdesign.club )

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.


Zine FAQs

Q: Can I submit my work if I live outside of Ottawa?
A: Yes! The pandemic has allowed us to expand our club radius. Belonging to the club isn't about a postal code, but about a feeling ;)

Q: Can I submit my work even if I was featured in the previous zine?
A: Yes, if you feel like your work is a good fit, we want to see it!

Q: I have multiple series of works that would be a good fit for this issue, can I submit more than one submission?
A: Of course! As long as you follow all the requirements mentioned above.

Q: Can I submit my work anonymously?
A: Yes, but we recommend using a pseudonym. We would still need your contact information and mailing address if you're selected to be featured.