Frequently Asked Questions

DC Zinefest Basics
Registration Process
Tablers at Zinefest

DC Zinefest: What, Where, When, and How?

What is DC Zinefest?
The DC Zinefest is an 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.

When is DC Zinefest 2019?
Zinefest will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019. We will announce the times closer to the event.

Where is DC Zinefest 2019?
DC Zinefest will again be held at Art Enables, which is at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE in Washington, D.C. Art Enables is an Art Gallery and Vocational Arts program dedicated to creating opportunities for artists with disabilities to make, market, and earn income from their original and compelling artwork.

 

How do I get to DC Zinefest 2019?

  • Public Transport: The nearest Metro rail station is Rhode Island Avenue,  which is 1.4 miles away from Art Enables. Several Metrobuses drop off near Art Enables, including the T18 bus from New Carrollton; the T14 bus; the G8 Bus from Farragut Square; and the 83 and 86 buses.
  • Driving/Parking: Art Enables has provided this information on parking: “Art Enables is at the corner of Rhode Island Ave and 22nd St NE. There is usually a lot of street parking on Rhode Island Avenue. In addition, 22nd Street NE is not zoned or metered, and there is usually a lot of available parking on there, and in the neighborhood surrounding 22nd St.”

Who can come to DC Zinefest?
You! Bring your friends too! DC Zinefest is all-ages and open to the public. All visitors and zinesters should comply with our safer spaces policy.

How much do zines typically cost at DC Zinefest?
In past years, zinesters have generally charged $3 to $6 dollars per zine, on average. However, zines with full-color pages, cloth covers, or other special finishes typically cost more. There have generally been few items priced over $15.

Registration Process

How do I apply for a table at DC Zinefest 2019?
General online applications to table at DC Zinefest will open on this website on Monday, April 8, 2019 and will close on Sunday, May 5, 2019. We anticipate receiving a high number of applications. We will not be offering a mail-in option this year.

Applications for zinesters seeking stipends will remain open until June 2, 2019.

What’s different about applications this year?
We won’t be giving out tables on a “first-come, first-served” basis. This year we are doing more to ensure diversity and inclusion. For DC Zinefest 2019, we will 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.

Why are you changing the application process?
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. The organizers of DC Zinefest feel we must do more to highlight voices that might otherwise be left out. Our big goal in 2019 is to build a Zinefest that amplifies an increasingly diverse group of voices, particularly those of folks from traditionally marginalized and oppressed groups. 

 

How would it have cost me to have a table?
Rates for tables for 2018 were $8 for a quarter table and $17 for a half table.

I need help covering the costs of printing my zine; can DC Zinefest help?
Yes! DC Zinefest gives out stipends to supported zinesters who are persons of color, LQBTQIA+, people with disabilities, and/or low-income people. The stipends include $50 and a quarter table. We have given out 17 stipends over the past two years.

To apply for a stipend, there will be a box to check in our registration form. Applications for stipends will remain open until June 2, 2019.

When will I find out whether my application is accepted? And what happens after that?
We will be contacting zinesters in mid/late-May.
Zinesters applying for a stipend will be contacted in early/mid-June.

 

If I am added to the wait list, will I be able to get a table?
In the past, there has been a lot of demand for tables at DC Zinefest. The length of the wait list varies from year to year. Don’t lose hope; we sometimes have tables that become available as Zinefest approaches. 

Is there any way to participate if I don’t get a table?
We will be running a “day-of distribution” table at the Zinefest. You can add your zines to the table for sale or trade during the fest, and pick up the proceeds (and any leftover zines) at the end of the day.

Tablers at Zinefest

Getting Ready for the Fest

I’m coming from afar and need a place to stay before/after Zinefest. Who has a couch I can crash on?
Email the organizers at dczinefest@gmail.com if you need lodging or can provide lodging.

How will people pay for my zines?
Most visitors will bring cash. In the past, several zinesters have happily used Square or PayPal Here to accept credit/debit card payments—which charge fees on payments—but this is purely optional. We strongly recommend you bring $5 and $1 bills to be able to make change if visitors pay with larger bills!

I need to leave my table to use the bathroom or visit a panel. What do I do?
There will be “tabler liaisons” assigned to you and other nearby zinesters. Your liaison can help you with things big and small: finding a volunteer to cover your table for a bit, or getting you change if you have run out of small bills. Your liaisons will introduce themselves on the day of the fest, and will be available throughout the day.

You didn’t answer my question — who do I talk to?!
Feel free to contact us in advance of Zinefest with any questions or concerns at dczinefest@gmail.com. For those tabling, on the day of the fest, there will be a “tabler liaison” assigned to you and other nearby zinesters.

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