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?
Zinefest will be on Saturday, July 21, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have a table, you will want to arrive an hour before doors open (e.g., 10:00 a.m.).

Where is DC Zinefest 2018?
We’re moving to a new location! This year DC Zinefest will 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 2018?

  • Public Transport: Due to summer track work, the nearest Metrorail station, Rhode Island Avenue, will be CLOSED the weekend of DC Zinefest. Free shuttle buses will be available from NoMa-Gallaudet and Fort Totten stations, but make sure to add some additional time when planning your trip. For other public transit options, you might investigate WMATA’s Metrobus Services; depending on where you are starting your trip, the T18 bus from New Carrollton or the G8 Bus from Farragut Square may be better options.
  • Driving/Parking: Art Enables has provided this information on parking: “There is usually a lot of street parking on Rhode Island Avenue. Also, AE is at the corner of Rhode Island Ave and 22nd St NE. 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 register for a table at DC Zinefest 2018?
Mail-in registration has closed. Our online registration opened on Friday, April 6, 2018. We received a high number of submissions, both mail-in and digital. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate everyone. Our wait list is rather long! (If you are local, there may be tables that open up at the last minute!) 

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

When will I find out whether my registration is accepted? And what happens after that?
We will be reviewing registrations as we receive them, so please be patient! For mail-in registrations, we will be getting back to you in mid/late April. For online registration, it may take us two to three weeks to review your registration. If you’re in, we will be requesting prompt payment to reserve your table.

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. Our wait list is rather long this year, but if you are local, there may be tables that open up at the last minute!

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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