The 2021 zine themes are community sustainability and how we have managed to maintain a sense of community and place in isolation. After a year of losing community gathering places, it’s more important than ever to lift these places up. How do we celebrate place when we cannot stand in it? How do we lift up community when we cannot gather?

Sustainable solutions for community gathering places are things such as energy efficiency, reuse, accessibility – they go beyond the materials (but creative reuse of materials is very welcome!). What bridges were built beyond our material world this last year to strengthen our community sustainability?

If you have an idea for these zine themes, please see our online zine submissions below.

window zine examples from previous years
What is a zine?

Short for magazine, zines started as a radical way to self-publish and spread information quickly. Zines were often xeroxed, collaged, full of handwritten poems or manifestos. Today, zines come in many forms, from a single folded page covering one topic to a bound, chaptered epic.

Zines are always self-published, whether online or physically. They can be full of writing, comics, art, music critique, interviews – anything! Head to our resource center if you’re interested in making zines yourself!

Zine Deadline & Release Dates

View our online zine library to see previous issues and examples.

Follow #WindowZine to see updates & select submissions.

We’re honored that you want to share your story about why community sustainability matters to you. We are looking for: poetry, essays, photographs, collages, drawings, videos, or any mix thereof. Please read through these submission guidelines before you send us anything. 

If you haven’t read about our zine themes of community sustainability, please do so at the top of this page.

Submissions will be accepted through 8-1-21. Selected artists and writers will be notified by 10-15-21. The Zine will be published digitally on 11-02-21.

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previous online zine submissions - window zine contributors
Window Zine Submission Guidelines and Form

For all: no lewd or graphic material.

Submit Your Zine Content Here


  • Under 300 words
  • Word, Google Doc, or .txt file
  • If not in English, include an English translation


  • JPEG, PNG, or PDF
  • No more than 50 MB


  • No longer than 10 minutes
  • Email [email protected] the video or a link to the video
  • If you post the video on YouTube, use the hashtag #windowzine