Get Your Work Shown At Chicago Zine Fest

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SPOC will be tabling a chicago zine fest on saturday, april 30th.

Made some sweet bookmarks? Matchbooks? Zines? Chapbooks? Other self-made paper goods? We’ve got room for your work on our table.

Contact : selfpublishersofchicago [at] gmail [dot] com for more information.

Mad Science : The Research Zine

 

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DEADLINE: APRIL 18 2016

 

SPOC is still seeking submissions to its mad science zine.

Send us your futurist visions : SelfPublishersofChicago [at] gmail [dot] com

DETAILS:

  • Word count: 500-1200 words — OR — something that suits one or more 5.5″x 8.5″ pages.
  • Genres Welcome: Prose, poetry, experimental nonfiction, personal essays, taxonomies, flowcharts, diagrams, scientific illustration

 

Submission Deadline: April 18th

Reading: April 26th @ Uncharted Books

Fresh off the Presses

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We’re pleased to announce that SPOC has a new Zine on the stands. Zine of the West contributors include: Eric Bartholomew, Victoria Harley, Blake Nemec, and Peyton Stewart.

You can find copies of the Zine of the West at fine purveyors of print media:

Quimbys Bookstore – Wicker Park

Women and Children First – Andersonville

Chicago Comics – Lakeview

Space Oddities – Humboldt Park

 

Science Zine – Call For Submissions

 

DEADLINE: APRIL 18 2016

In grade school, we learn the scientific method. You know, hypothesize, um, experiment, record, and some other stuff…

It’s no secret that giants of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) don’t garner the same attention and respect as professional athletes, film stars and scanty media whores. Though sensual biopics of larger-than-life figures find their way into our Netflix queues, the vast majority of what scientists pursue remains a mystery to the general public.

But arts and sciences run much the same path, with their respect for innovation, divergent thinking, and the daring to imagine, and realize the impossible. Help SPOC enshrine the adventure that is science, and respect the method.

Send us your futurist visions : SelfPublishersofChicago [at] gmail [dot] com

DETAILS:

  • Word count: 500-1200 words — OR — something that suits one or more 5.5″x 8.5″ pages.
  • Genres Welcome: Prose, poetry, experimental nonfiction, personal essays, taxonomies, flowcharts, diagrams, scientific illustration

Raw Denim and True Grit :: Contribute to SPOC’s Zine of the West

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THE GREAT AMERICAN WEST

Are your thoughts bound for vast expanses of prairie, forbidding rocky mountains, and roaring rivers? Have gone west, young man?

A fascination to the entire world, the American West looms large in the mythology of our planet, as cultures collided amid rugged and often threatening, natural settings. An untouched landscape of varying texture came under the dominion of a boisterous new government, as an older way of life became slowly erased. Still, mankind’s believed control over nature shatters under the blizzards of vast mountain ranges, white hot heat so searing the land bursts into flames, and the raging floods that rise in a breath.

Send us your Western Visions : SelfPublishersofChicago [at] gmail [dot] com

Details:

  • Word count: 500-1200 words — OR — something that suits one or more 5.5″x 8.5″ pages.
  • Genres Welcome: Prose, poetry, experimental nonfiction, personal essays, taxonomies, flowcharts, diagrams, scientific illustration

Deadline: FEBRUARY 18 2016

This zine will first be made available at SPOC’s bi-monthly reading series at Uncharted Books. (Date TBD)

2/3 The Lost Art of Correspondence 6pm @ Cafe Mustache

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“As long as there are postmen, life will have zest.”            

 – William James

Okay, so we all know that we can dispense with most practical letter writing. We can check our bank balance on our phone, pay bills online, apply for jobs in paperless portals– we’ve gone digital.

But to receive interesting letters, you must write interesting letters. That’s what this event is all about.Don’t worry if you feel like you “don’t have anything to write about” — cause it ain’t true. We all got shit on our minds– put it in a letter and send it away.

join us between 6 and 8pm at CAFE MUSTACHE on Wednesday 2/3 FOR A NIGHT OF LETTER-WRITING

Make a little time in your day for correspondence and SPOC will bring lots of envelopes and blank note cards, a shit load of pens, collage materials, rubber cement, and good old-fashioned loose leaf paper.

Here’s a list of things you might want to come prepared with:

  1. STAMPS – I’m not a damn post office.
  2. ADDRESSES – Find out where people live, and write it down. (It’s less creepy than it sounds.)
  3. STATIONERY – If you’re really into this sort of shit already, please bring all your kitschy, consignment-bought envelopes and postcards, your art museum gift shop stickers, and your sealing wax kit, and just shame us all with your glory.

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SPOC Seeks Illustrator in Residence

SPOC needs the help of illustrators, cartoonists, or other 2-D visual artists for:

  • Bi-monthly collaborative zines: Every other month, SPOC hosts readings at Uncharted Books in Logan Square. Writers submit their stories ahead of the show, and produce a zine to be read from and sold at the show. Our illustrator in residence is responsible for producing the cover image/concept, creating original images to pair with the stories, and collaborating with SPOC’s editor on final production decisions.
  • SPOC re-branding: Our masthead and logos haven’t changed much at all in 3 years — the Illustrator in Residence has the opportunity to articulate an entirely new visual identity for our group. (We’re long overdue for a re-brand.)

Truth Time

We can’t pay you. Not yet. So we’re giving you lots of free promotion, opportunity to build a portfolio, and a title you can include on a resume (as well as a page on our website reflecting both your position, and samples of your SPOC-work).

We understand that for some people, this is not a strong enough incentive– understood. We thank you for even reading this ad.

If however, you see value in collaboration, in building something small into something less small, you’ll find many willing partners for your vision.