Everyone is welcomed to participate!

CLOSED: Call for submissions:

Issue #5 Call for submissions: Collaboration

The Ottawa Design Club’s core purpose and main mission is to offer a space for creatives to network and create meaningful relationships. With Zine 0005, we want to render this feeling with the theme of collaboration. We want to see you working together!

Like Eminem and Dr. Dre, like Batman and Robin, like Sia and Maddie Ziegler, like Ben and Jerry’s… you get the idea. 😉

This could look like:
A photographer collaborating with a makeup artist
A designer collaborating with a programmer
An illustrator collaborating with a poet
A group of musicians collaborating
Writers completing each other’s sentences
A group exhibit installation pictures
It can truly be anything as long as it’s creative and there’s more than one person involved. Let your imagination run wild, we love it!

If you need more inspiration, look no further than our previous zines! As we flip through past issues, we noticed a few collaborative pieces, perhaps they will inspire you:
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Claudia Gutierrez and Pat Bolduc, zine 0004

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Velga Avah and Chrisyian Atanga, zine 0002

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Ayla Labelle and Andy Vasquez Valiente, zine 0002

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Cara Tierney and Pascale Arpin, zine 0004

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**

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 submitting application:
EXTENDED July 27th, at 11: 59 p.m.(EDT)

All submissions must be created/executed by 2 or more people.
To apply, please email us a compressed folder including the following:

  1. The filled-out application form*
  2. An individual high-resolution photo representing each artist. (It will be included in the design. See FAQs for more info).
  3. If submitting images: High-resolution 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.
  4. If submitting video or audio files: Send us the files or a link to where the media is being hosted.
  5. If submitting text: Provide a Word document or PDF.
  6. All files must follow this naming convention: title, size, and names. (e.g. historymashup-30x40in-vangosh-monet-andywarhol.jpg)

Your media files must be accompanied by the following form. (Be sure to read the call for submisssions properly and include the information below. Please submit only one folder per group).

Zine 0005 - Application Form

*The application form must include the following:

  • Short descriptions (one per artist) of the artwork and how collaborating brought additional value and enriched your creative process. 100 words max PER PERSON - Feel free to be creative with the text format.
  • All of your email addresses (where we can best reach you).
  • Your websites and one (1) social media handle per creative.
  • Your mailing addresses (If you are selected, we will mail you a copy of the zine).

(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 August 25th, 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: I don’t have any professional photos of myself… can I send a selfie?
A: Yes, as long as the photo is in high resolution.

Q: If I submit anonymously, do I need to send you a portrait?
A: This would go against using a pseudonym (unless you want to be recognized under that name). You can always submit another photo that could replace your portrait, and make it artsy.😉

Q: Can I submit my work if I live outside of Canada?
A: Yes! The pandemic has allowed us to expand our club radius. If you like creativity, you’re in the club. Simple as that!

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: 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: 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.