Dear Zinefest fans,
Big Announcement #1:
Applications to table at DC Zinefest are now open and will close on Sunday, May 5, 2019. We are only accepting online applications this year, and the application form will be posted on our website at http://dczinefest.wordpress.com/registration-form
Big Announcement #2:
We're doing applications differently this year. Read below for why – and how.
People from marginalized and oppressed communities have historically used zines to amplify their own voices, which might otherwise have been muted by existing power structures.
We've been working hard to bring you the ~best Zinefest yet~ in 2019. Our big goal this year is to build a Zinefest that amplifies an increasingly diverse collection of voices, particularly those of folks from traditionally marginalized and oppressed groups. In pursuit of this goal, we are trying something different: we will not be giving out tables on a "first-come, first-served" basis this year.
DC Zinefest has given out 17 grants (of $50 and a quarter table) over the past two years. These grants supported zinesters who are persons of color, LQBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and/or low-income people. We used a random lottery to select grant recipients from the many deserving applicants.
This year we are doing more to ensure diversity and inclusion. For DC Zinefest 2019, we will give out grants and will also reserve additional tables for:
Zinesters who are people of color, people with disabilities, people who identify as LBGTQIA+, and/or people with low income; as well as
Zinesters who have not previously tabled at DC Zinefest.
We will conduct random lotteries to select zinesters from the above categories. The remaining tables will be reserved for returning tablers, who will also be selected via random lottery.
Now more than ever the organizers of DC Zinefest feel we must amplify voices that might otherwise be left out. The changes in how we allocate tables will help us to get there, and we think it will contribute to a great Zinefest for 2019. We hope sharing information about the new registration process will help our beloved DC zine community understand the changes we are making. You can find more information on our website FAQ (https://dczinefest.wordpress.com/faq/).
Please reach out to us if you have questions or thoughts to share at email@example.com