Everyone is welcomed to participate!

CLOSED: Call for submissions:

Issue #6 Call for submissions: Renaissance

Renaissance: the rebirth of a new era where old mixes with new to create something fresh and unique.

Life is constantly evolving, bringing us through highs and lows and challenging us to grow into each new chapter of our stories. Embracing the new beginnings while staying true to yourself is a balance that evokes a constant feeling of rebirth within yourself. For this zine, we’d like to hear from you through your art about how Renewing, Resetting, and Restarting have impacted your own personal growth and transformation, and allowed you to embark upon your own renaissance.

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 or paid work elsewhere).

**For audio and video submissions, we will use a QR code to direct readers to your piece.

July 8th, 2023, at 11: 59 p.m.(EDT)

To apply, please email us a compressed folder including the following:

  1. The filled-out application form*
  2. An individual high-resolution photo representing yourself. (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-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).

Zine 0006 - Application Form

*The application form must include the following:

  • Short descriptions of the artwork and what it means for your personal growth. 100-200 words - Feel free to be creative with the text format.
  • Your email addresses (where we can best reach you).
  • Your website and one (1) social media handle (we aim to promote instagram).
  • 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 work(s) and filled out information form as a compressed.zip folder or via DropBox or Google Drive to hello@ottdesign.club

Selected designers/artists will be advised of their inclusion in the zine no later than July 30th, 2023.

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 (hello@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.