DC Zinefest

DC Zinefest is a one-day independent event designed to provide a space for zine-makers, self-published artists, and writers to share their work with each other and the Washington, D.C., community.

DC Zinefest 2020 will be coming in late July! Dates to be confirmed soon. Applications will be open in March.


HELP US SUPPORT 10 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS for ZINEFEST 2020! 

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In celebration of 10 years of DC Zinefest, we want to work with organizations or groups, big or small, to develop 10 CollaboZines touching on 10 issues in our city: housing justice, education, food justice, you name it. These zines will then be sold at Zinefest events and all proceeds will go to these ten organizations. If your (or your favorite) organization is interested, please contact us at dczinefest@gmail.com.

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It’s exciting and humbling to think that DC Zinefest’s 10th anniversary is fast approaching.  While we’re planning a lot of ways to celebrate throughout the year, one of the things we want to do this year is to collaborate with the community that we have developed over the past decade to uplift the work and raise money for individuals and organizations who are doing awesome work and helping to sustain and celebrate the many communities, identities, cultures, and interests that make up our city. Specifically, we want to work with local organizations to build meaningful zines that cover key issues in DC and support/highlight those who are affected by and/or are working to address these issues. We need your help to bring everyone together.

In the coming year, DC Zinefest wants to work with organizations or groups, big or small, to develop 10 CollaboZines touching on 10 issues in our city: housing justice, education, food justice, you name it. These zines will then be sold at Zinefest events and all proceeds will go to these ten organizations. The most important thing is that we want these groups to represent the many diversities that make up DC. Many of our organizers are involved in these struggles, and we know that our tablers are involved in many more. If you are involved in an organization or group that is doing amazing things, please reply to this email and reach out to us so that we can talk with their larger membership about what this project will look like.

We know that each of our partner organization may be able to participate at different levels.  We have lots of different ideas about how to make this happen:

  • Make a zine- Your organization could create the zine, facilitating the process.

  • Host a zinelab- Your organization could host a zinelab, invite your membership, and if you’d like, we could help to facilitate the lab and make the zine.

  • Call for submissions- We can work with you to create a “call for submissions” that we can work together to distribute.  We can then assemble the zine or work with you to assemble it

  • Invite DCZF to your event- We visit your event, distribute quarter-sized sheets that the attendees can write/draw/do whatever on.  We can then compile them into a zine.

  • We make the whole zine- We can release a call for submissions to create a zine based on your issue area.  We then donate the proceeds to you. In this case, little to no involvement would be necessary on your part.

Many, many other options, of course, are available.  We’d love to talk through what options works best for each of the organizations.  The most important part for us is not the “how,” it’s the “why.” We want to put the work of  activists, community members, and organizers at front and center of each of these 10 projects.

We need your help to make this happen.  We all have our favorite groups, but we know that we’re myopic.  Who do you think we should partner with? Reach out! Put us in touch!  We’d love to have the conversation. Please reach out to us by the 31st of January.

With Love,

DC Zinefest Organizers


The 2019 DC Zinefest was held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at Art Enables (2204 Rhode Island Ave NE) from 11am to 5pm.

  • 70+ zine-makers sharing their writing, art, prints, and more
  • air conditioning!
  • limited edition posters designed by Lily Strelich
  • other cool DC Zinefest merch

Need to know more? Visit the FAQ or contact us!