Creators of all ages are invited to submit a zine to the annual Washington State Zine Contest, sponsored by the Washington Center for the Book at The Seattle Public Library.

Zines can be authored by anyone who lives in Washington and can be about any topic. There are no thematic limits.

Physical copies of the winning zines and honorable mentions will be added to the ZAPP Zine Collection at the Central Library at The Seattle Public Library, as well as to the Timberland Regional Library and the Washington State Library.

You can see previous winners, as well as a four-minute video on how to make a zine on the Washington Center Book website.


Participants in the Washington State Zine contest must be Washington State residents. Zines must be created in 2021 or 2022 and be at least 8 pages long. Prizes will be awarded to a winner in several age/grade categories: third grade and younger; grades 4-6; grades 7-9; grades 10-12; and adults. Zines will be judged on creativity/originality, visual and aesthetic appeal, quality of writing/readability, and design/format/layout. Submit in person or by mail, but all entries must be submitted or postmarked by Friday, Feb. 25, 2022

Find all submission guidelines and a link to the entry form on the Washington Center for the Book site.


The Washington Center for the Book is also continuing to collect zines for the Sheltered in Place: COVID-19 Zine Diaries Project to help preserve and share the COVID experiences of everyday Washingtonians. If creating an entire zine seems overwhelming, you can submit a page (or more) to be part of an anthology.


According to Timberland Regional Library, zines are self-published – often via photocopier – magazines with limited print runs. They can be on any topic or many, are usually written by one person or a few individuals, and typically provide an individualistic or alternative point of view.


Washington Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress and a partnership of The Seattle Public Library and Washington State Library.

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