ang(st) zine is an intersectional, transnational, diverse, inclusive, and queer feminist zine. They publish two themed issues a year in April and October and are currently open for prose, poetry, and visual art, “but we are open to interstitial and hybrid pieces: micros, personal essays, visual poetry, etc.” You can read more about what they are looking for in the interview below and also on their About page. I’m loving the aesthetic of their site and the feminist focus. Check out the sharp artwork and intense and incredible cover art and the word work in their issues–they are publishing diverse and important feminist work y’all. Seriously, if you appreciate feminist work and engaging writing, this little zine is making some space for itself.
Hair: “Tell us your hair stories: the color, the texture, the choices you make, how you feel about your hair. Has it always been in control? Have others' opinions influenced how you wear it? What does your culture say about your hair? What's a good or bad hair day for you? What makes you feel desirable? What makes you self-conscious?”
Distanced 3.0: Distanced 3.0 will explore the far-reaching effects of Covid-19: from the hyper-personal to the sociopolitical, from current fears to future imaginations. Zoom out and show us the bigger picture. Or give us sneak peeks of your everyday life right now: organizing your junk drawer for the first time ever or falling apart to C movies on Netflix. Capture your zany, poignant, or heartbreaking moments. Or tell us what the future might look like.
See my interview with founder and Editor-in-Chief Aishwarya Javalgekar and a link to submission guidelines below.
HOPKINSON: Tell me a little bit about ang(st) zine.
JAVALGEKAR: ang(st) is a biannual feminist body zine. It focuses on our physical experiences and bodies -- our relationships with our bodies, with society, and with other bodies. We are intersectional and highlight the experiences of bodies that are considered outside the realm of 'normal' and 'able'. Through our themed issues and projects, we explore gender norms, beauty ideals, gender and sexuality, trauma, mental health, and disability.
HOPKINSON: How/why was the ang(st) originally started?
JAVALGEKAR: ang(st) was founded in April 2019 as an artistic output of my graduate research on feminist zines. I reached out to poets and artists I knew and curated a collection of pieces on the theme of “body”. This became issue 1 of the zine. Based on this experience, I decided to continue the zine and open it up to submissions from issue 2 onward. We are now in the process of publishing our fourth issue. We also run projects in addition to the issues.
HOPKINSON: Who is your target reader audience?
JAVALGEKAR: Our work caters largely to feminists. But anyone who thinks or cares about their body would find the pieces we publish relatable and insightful.
HOPKINSON: What type of work are you looking for?
JAVALGEKAR: We publish themed issues and projects, so we look for work that provides a unique and personal perspective to the theme. We publish flash fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and visual art. But we are open to interstitial and hybrid pieces. We have a soft spot for experimental and meta pieces: work that plays with the rules and blurs the boundaries of style, genre, form, and structure. We’re suckers for work that is funny, irreverent, raw, and sincere. Work that makes us laugh out loud or tugs at our soul or keeps us awake at night.
HOPKINSON: What do you wish you’d see submitted, but rarely comes in?
JAVALGEKAR: I would love to see more prose submissions: especially personal essays and short fiction.
HOPKINSON: What is your favorite part of being on staff with ang(st) ?
JAVALGEKAR: Working with this amazing team of talented feminists! We keep expanding as the zine grows and I love how supportive and understanding everyone is.
HOPKINSON: Where can we send submissions?
JAVALGEKAR: We are currently accepting submissions for our next issue themed “Hair.” Submitters can send a single piece of poetry, flash fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, or hybrid to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our submissions guidelines are available here: https://angstfzine.com/submissions/.
HOPKINSON: If someone has a question, how can they contact you?
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Sept. 10, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: None
THEMES: Hair and Distanced 3.0
FORMS: prose, poetry, and visual art, “but we are open to interstitial and hybrid pieces: micros, personal essays, visual poetry, etc.”
FORMAT: online/downloadable PDF issues
SUBMISSION METHOD: email