The theme of Window Zine Edition III is “if these windows could talk”. How are we connected to place through structural details like windows? We are just one moment on a place’s timeline – it has a rich history before and after us. How do we affect that timeline? How do the events that came before us touch us now?

So, if these windows could talk…What pivotal or private moments have they witnessed through the years? Whose hands placed themselves where yours rest now? How has the landscape changed? Was it always obscured by other buildings? Is it in the wood frame and rippling glass it was built with?

window zine examples from previous years

Help us explore these themes in our third edition of Window Zine. Is there a view through a window that is special to you? Do you see your connection with a place as one in a series through time? Share your story with us through art, writing, photography, etc.

Look through Window Zine 2019 and 2018.

Read submission guidelines and submit to Window Zine 2020.


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!


Zine Deadline & Release Dates

We are accepting submissions through August 1, 2020. Please use our Submission Form and review our submission guidelines. 

Window Zine 2020 will be launched on October 1, 2020 in Miami at PastForward, the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s annual conference. We hope to see you there, where you will receive a physical copy. If you can’t attend in person, don’t worry! A digital zine will be released around then as well.

window zine contributors from previous years

Window Zine Submission Guidelines & Form

We’re honored that you want to share your story about why old places are important 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 themes for this year, please do so at the top of this page.

Submissions will be accepted through 8-1-20. Selected artists and writers will be notified by 9-1-20. The Zine will be published (physically and digitally) on 10-1-20.

Submission Guidelines

For all: no lewd or graphic material.


  • 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