Call for Submissions: Zines About Design and Illustration

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TL;DR Zine Archive & Exhibition

About: TL;DR is a collection of zines that use design and illustration to make inquiries about visual culture. The archive will live in a reading room at the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis and a repository at the D. B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library. Soon there will be a virtual catalog and a traveling exhibition (check back here). The goal is to create a resource for scholarship in design and illustration through formats that are also designed and illustrated.


TL;DR Zine Archive will accept zines in the following subject areas:

  • Critical experiments with the form of the zine
  • Blind spots and counter-narratives in design and illustration discourse
  • Critiques of form, theory, or existing works
  • In-progress scholarship (i.e.: annotated bibliographies, zine-length articles, visual essays)
  • Design/illustration fictions or works that imagine possible futures
  • Radical pedagogy in design and illustration
  • Social activism through design and illustration

Submissions must be self-published or published by small or micro-presses.

Have a finished zine? Apply here by Oct 21, 2021:

Have a proposal for a zine that you will make? Complete the submission form at by Oct 21, 2021 with an abstract of your zine in progress. Accepted proposals will need to be completed by Dec 31, 2021.

Pay: N/A

Deadline: Submit HERE by October 21, 2021