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

Call for submissions:

Issue #3 Call for submissions: “RAW
RAW; uncompressed, unpolished, unfiltered.

In photography, RAW files contain the direct image data from the camera sensors with no loss of quality and alteration. During this era of filters and highlight reels, we want to see the imperfections, the behind the scenes, the process.

We are looking for works that represent the theme of RAW with rough ideas, sketches, emotions, vulnerability, authenticity, discomfort, or whatever this theme sparks in your creative mind.

Yes, your work is good enough. Trust your gut!

Submission Requirements

Accepted media*:
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!

  • Design
  • Illustration
  • Photography
  • Visual arts
  • Short stories
  • Folk (Pottery, Wood, Glass, etc.)
  • Poetry (spoken* or written)
  • Music**
  • Video**

Nous vous encourageons à soumettre votre texte en français.
We encourage you to submit your text in your native Indigenous language.

*Please note we will only accept submissions that are not infringed under any copyright laws (i.e. previously submitted work elsewhere).
**For audio and video submissions, we will use a QR code or Augmented Reality to direct readers to your piece.

Deadline for submitting application:
August 13th, 2021, at 11: 59 p.m. (EDT)

Your submission must include the following to be considered:

  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. To prevent important parts of your design from being cut, respect a 0.5” margin all around.
  2. If submitting video or audio files, you can send us the files or a link to where the media is being hosted.
  3. If submitting text, please provide a Word document.
  4. All files must follow this naming convention: title, medium, size, date.

Your media files must be accompanied by the following information, to be filled out in this information form:

  • Your full name
  • Your email address (where we can best reach you)
  • Your website and one (1) social media handle
  • Your mailing address (If you are selected, we will mail you a copy of the zine).
  • One (1) sentence that describes the emotion in your work (We are looking for a quote. If your artwork could speak what would it say in one sentence?). This will part of your spread.

(If you fail to submit the following information properly, it will put you at a disadvantage for your zine submission).
Please send your works and the filled out the 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 September 1st, 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.