Category Archives: Zine Submisshes

Get Your Work Shown At Chicago Zine Fest

folding table

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





SPOC is still seeking submissions to its mad science zine.

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


  • 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

Midnight TONIGHT: Worst Breakup EVER Zine Submission Deadline


Happy post-VDay. Hope you can make it through your candy heart and pink champagne hangovers long enough to send your submissions tonight.

MIDNIGHT TONIGHT 2/15 is zero hour for submissions for the Worst Breakup Ever zine. Prose should be 500-1200ish words, image files should fit into the standard half 8 1/2 by 11 zine size and be (preferably) JPEGs. No PDFs puhlease. Send submissions to
Reminder: selected submissions will be read/performed at our Anti-Valentine Heart Wrencher Night (2/26, 7:30 pm @ Uncharted Books). It’s being sponsored by Radio One Chicago, which is pretty exciting.
If you’re burning the midnight oil and have a submission still simmering by late tonight, just shoot us an e-mail and we’ll work with you on an extension if necessary. Thanks to everyone who’s already submitted! Should be an amazing project.

1 Week Left To Pour Your Heart Out!


You have a mere week to put the final touches on your harrowing breakup tales! The deadline for our Worst Breakup Ever zine is midnight next Sunday 2/15, the day after V-Day for you laymen out there. Send submisshes to Selected submissions will be read at our Anti-Valentine Heart Wrencher Night at Uncharted Books on Thursday 2/26.

Submit To Worst Breakup EVER: a SPOC Anti-Valentine Zine


♥ Hello dear SPOCsters. ♥

Did you know it’s about to be the lovey-est of lovey lovey times (barrrffff)? That being so, we want to create a brand new SPOC compilation zine all about, you guessed it, the implosion of relationships. We want your true life (or tall tale) breakup stories. Preferably embarrassing, darkly comedic and adolescent. But any kind, really.

Prose submissions should be 500-1500 words. We’ll also accept comics submissions but if you plan to submit shoot us some loose panel/size specs. Keep in mind it’ll be standard zine size (8 1/2 by 11 folded).

We’ll take up to 10 submissions from you, the multi-talented SPOC public. The deadline will be Sunday 2/15 at MIDNIGHT, (in case you need to phone in any last minute Valentine disappointments). 😉

A selection of the submissions will be performed at our Anti-Valentine Heart Wrencher Night at Uncharted Books (date TBA).

Send written submissions to as Word docs and visual ones as JPEGs/GIFs. You are encouraged to include as many scanned love letters, scrawled over and burned photos of exes and drawings soaked and/or stained with tears.

Get writing, dear hearts.
♥ Nicki

RSVP on the ‘Book. 

***Sponsored by Radio One Chicago****


Chi Dictionary Deadline is TODAY at Midnight + Updates

A group of authentic Chicagoans show off the mode of transit favored by the populace.

Today is your last chance to put your mark on the lexicon of all phenomena Chicago-related. Please send your entries to SELFPUBLISHERSOFCHICAGO@GMAIL.COM before midnight tonight. Send images as JPEGs and written entries as DOCs.

At our last content storming sesh, we expanded the verbiage of all the most Chicago-ish of things. Some new terms include:

The land of the only people in the world: n. Old Town.

Sppppppaaaaaangglish: n. when one with a Chicago-area accent attempts to speak Spanish.  ex. Kaaaaaaaaaayyyyy Innnncccclllooooyeee? (translation Que Incluye?)

Transpretensious: adj. when one compulsively privileges one form of getting around above another. ex. cyclists inherently loathing any any all that drive horseless carriages.

Chicago Dictionary Zine Deadline Extended to 3/2

Dog Writer

Hey all you crazy writers and zinesters out there! We’ve extended our submission deadline for our Chicago dictionary zine from 2/26 to 3/2 so you can get us as many broad-shouldered terms as possible!

Remember, we’re looking for spunky, witty, Chicago-centric words and phrases written in the style of a dictionary definition. We’re also seeking dictionary style graphics/illustrations to accompany the entries.

Send us your writing in a Word doc and your images as a jpeg. Kindly send all your submissions to You have ’til Midnight on Sunday March, 2. Now……go!