Sheltered in Place: COVID-19 Zine Diaries Project

Zine making supplies are pictured: ruler, scissors, glue stick, eraser, drawings, pencil, sharpie

What is it?
The Washington Center for the Book invites Washingtonians of all ages to send us your COVID-19 stories! Our goal is to help preserve and share the experiences of everyday Washingtonians to help us connect and comfort each other now and so that future readers can immerse themselves in our experiences today.

What Do I Submit?
A completed zine or…
A few pages for our collaborative zine or…
Text that we can put into a page for you.

Yellow cover of a sample zine called "This is What I'll Remember: A Quaranzine" by Tien Triggs of the Washington State Library.

For this project we will be accepting completed zines from individuals, families, and communities as well as 1 to 3 page entries from Washingtonians of all ages. We will be compiling 1 to 3 page entries into an anthology zine that explores the experiences of this pandemic across our state. The anthology zine and the completed zines we receive will be physically added to the Washington State Library, The Seattle Public Library, and the Timberland Regional Library collections. We will also be digitizing these zines so they can be viewed online across our state and around the globe.
Sample Zine Cover created by WSL’s Tien Triggs.

Table of contents of a sample zine called "This is What I'll Remember: A Quaranzine" by Tien Triggs of the Washington State Library.

Part of the magic of the world of zine making can be found in the joy of using simple tools like paper, pens, handwriting, typewriters, scissors, and glue to express our thoughts and feelings. While you are welcome to use a computer or printer to create your page or your zine, you do not need an internet connection or computer and we encourage you to explore the fun of techniques like collage, drawing, and decoupage. Your creations might include poetry, prose, drawings, comics, paintings, and/or direct nonfiction textual accounts of your experiences during this time of the novel coronavirus.
Sample zine page created by WSL’s Tien Triggs.

A sample zine page featuring drawings of the author's cat and her work boxes at home.  It is a page from the zine "This is What I'll Remember: A Quaranzine" by Tien Triggs of the Washington State Library.

Guidelines:
Participants must live in Washington State.
Submissions will be read by people of all ages; please only non-offensive content in your zine or zine pages.
Submitting work does not guarantee publication.
Details:
If you would like to submit 1 to 3 pages,
please create pages that are 3.75 x 5 inches.
You can submit your page to us by:
Scanning your page to sara.pete@sos.wa.gov.
Or emailing a photo of your page to sara.pete@sos.wa.gov.
Or by mailing your zine page to:
Washington State Library
COVID-19 Zine Diaries Project
PO Box 42460
Olympia, WA
98504-2460

If you would like to send in a completed zine, please mail FOUR copies to the address above. And please feel free to make many more copies to share with your friends and family members!
Sample zine page created by WSL’s Tien Triggs.

A sample zine page featuring Sara from the Washington State Library and her dog working at home together.

By submitting your work, you certify that the zine pages or zine submitted are you original work. You further understand that you are granting permission for the Washington Center for the Book to publish, display, digitize, photograph, and/or reproduce the submitted work for publicity purposes, and to add it to a library collections. By submitting work you grant the Washington Center for the Book the right to publish it. Though published by the Washington Center for the Book, ownership rights of original work remain with the creator. All content must be original and previously unpublished. Submitting work does not guarantee publication.
Sample zine page created by WSL’s Sara Peté.

Please feel free to download, print and share the double-sided downloadable PDF handouts below widely, especially with those who are offline.