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

Call for submissions:

Issue #4 Call for submissions: “Origins
Origin: [ awr-i-jin, or- ]
Something from which anything arises or is derived
or is from a particular source:

With this zine, we want to get to know you better. We are looking for works that represent your origins. We are intrigued to know your beginnings, your background, your rebirth, your story.

Zine 0004 - Origins will be divided into 3 chapters. We are looking for works that fall under the theme of culture, identity, or traditions. When submitting your piece, please select which chapter/theme your submission relates to.

Identity: [ ahy-den-ti-tee, ih-den- ]
The condition of being oneself or itself.

Tradition: [ truh-dish-uhn ]
The handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice.

Culture: [ kuhl-cher ]
The customs, arts, social institutions, and achievements of a particular nation, people, or other social groups.

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 language alongside an English translation. We will make the translation available through a QR code for readers.

*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 EXTENDED for submitting application:
February 4th, 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 form. (Be sure to include the information below).

Zine 0004 - Application 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).
  • A short description of how your artwork relates to you. (Preferably in the first person - 300 words or less)

(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 February 13th, 2022.

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: Will I be required to do anything if I get selected?
A: Yes, we ask all the featured artists to help us with the zine promotion. We will give you a social media kit to make it easy for you.

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.