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Distro news / upcoming zine events / call for submissions / recommendations

Well, hello..


It's been such a long time since I wrote a newsletter! Three whole years in fact, back when I used to do them monthly. Part of me wonders how much people really read or use them, but social media has become such a slog that I want to do something away from that world. I really miss the Internet era of forums, and crudely coded personal websites with guestbooks. (ps. maybe we should all go and use the forums on We Make Zines).
 

Call For Entries: Working Class Rage

issue 2 of A Whisper Or A Shout (only 4 years after the first issue..) is gonna be on Working Class Rage.

  • What pisses you off about class in general, the ~working class experience~, or posh dickheads? What about how the world treats working class anger? Or anything else related to working class rage, anger or violence.
     
  • Entries from working class folks only please. [Who is working class? Anyone who feels like they are, class is a messy thing to define]. Would especially love entries from women, people of colour, queers, and disabled folk.
     
  • Submissions can be writing or art [it’ll be printed in black and white]. All skill levels welcome, write or draw however ya like. I dgaf about ‘proper’ spelling or grammar here.
     
  • Send ’em to penfightdistro@gmail.com. All contributors will get a few copies of the zine and some goodies as thanks.
     
  • Submission deadline open for now.

You can also find this info on our website here.

NEW PEN FIGHT STOCK


Please Give Me Space badges


I Wish I Were A Cat: A DIY guide to awareness of the present moment, relaxation and self care


SWARM t-shirts (all funds go to SWARM)


Nomadic Youth: BLM / Pride 2020 issue (funds go to Youth Colours Network)


Fuck Macho Bullshit Forever pin by Black Lodge Press


Weird Canteen Zine

ALSO


I'm now distributing copies of A Growing Threat to Life: Taser usage by Greater Manchester Police by @ResLabMcr. You can request a free copy here (just pay postage)  here - or I'll be throwing in copies with any orders to England/Wales.
IRL zine events are generally not a thing at the moment, but I'm putting together online zine events as I see them (including international ones). You can see the full events listings here.
ZINE EVENTS
 
NOV 28 - Tell me about your dream last night! Zine-making for children and families @ Online / Glasgow Zine Library

Using zines as a guide for our dreams and stories to exist, this children's workshop explores how we tell the stories of our dreams when we awake from sleep - event
Every Wednesday - Zine Club hosted by Het aka @burnyourbones. Tag @burnyourbones in your instagram stories every Wednesday from 6pm.
CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS
 


Dear GP Issue 2: Dear GP collects letters by mental health service users, reviewing their mental health professional in the style of a clinic letter. They also welcome art made from clinic letters, illustrations, and direct quotes from letters you've received. Deadline: open / Email: dearGPletters@gmail.com
NEW RELEASES

Zines you can get from other places

Glitter: Charly Bliss Fanzine Issue 1: stories, poems, art and memes made by fans honoring the bubble grunge power pop Brooklyn based four piece band Charly Bliss - buy it here

Back Of The Gig issue 6 - Tom reflects on the fact that he can't seem to get into The Fall, the advantages of live streamed gigs, and a poem about enforced singalongs - buy it here


Get Growing: A zine about gardening by Cath Garvey - buy it here

Goose Country - A collection of seven prose poems that explore semi-real encounters on the waterways of Goose County. A small region in the north of England found between central Manchester and the city of Salford - read it online here
 

OTHER ZINE NEWS
 

Zine Wiki
is having a edit-a-thon on November 27th! I love big zine resources so I'll definitely be taking part in this one. Visit their website to take part here and use the hashtag #BFZineWiki on the day.
GOOD CAUSES
Please support these folks doing good work by sharing, offering to volunteer, or sending them financial support if you can afford to do so.
 

Trans Mutual Aid Manchester
are a grassroots mutual aid group, redistributing resources and providing support to trans and nonbinary people in Greater Manchester. They currently have a crowdfund to establish their mutual aid fund - donate here / follow them on twitter here.
Books Beyond Bars are a volunteer led organisation that sends books and other resources to LGBTQ+ people in UK prisons. You can read more about them in this FAQ thread, send them a donation, or take a look at their book wishlist.
OTHER NICE THINGS

Are you starting as a freelance artist? Do you want some help figuring out how to get yourself out there and finding people to pay you for your work? Then join illustrator Cath Garvey in "HELP! Starting Up as a Freelance Artist" on Zoom - book a place here
 
If you have a Zine Thing that you'd like me to promo, please just get in touch. I'm also always looking for tips/resources on: zine libraries, distro info, physical places that sell zines around the UK, your fave place to print/copy zines, archives, articles, local zine groups etc etc. So I can add to the growing resources section!

& don't forget I'm always open to stocking your zines / other DIY artwork - so show me your work anytime.

I hope you've enjoyed this newsletter! You can support my work + pen fight by telling your pals about us, ordering something from the shop, sending a lil donation.

Take care,
Vicky xo
Copyright © 2020 Vicky Stevenson, All rights reserved.


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