Washington State Zine Contest

The 6th Annual Washington State Zine Contest is now open!

Submission Guidelines:
Click here for Downloadable Guidelines and Entry Form.

  • Participants must be Washington State residents.
  • Zines must be created in 2020 or 2021 and be at least 8 pages long.
  • Submissions will be read by people of all ages; please only non-offensive content in your zine.
  • Make at least 7 copies of your zine. Submit 5 and keep the others for yourself. Sharing and trading is a traditional aspect of zine culture! Entries will not be returned and may be added to a library’s collection or used in promotional materials.
  • By submission, the participants grant permission for the library to display, photograph & reproduce the submitted work for publicity purposes and to add copies to library collections.
  • Entries may be dropped off at the Washington State Library @ 6880 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501 or mailed to us @ WSL Zine Contest, PO Box 42460, Olympia, WA, 98504-2460
  • Entries must be postmarked by February 26, 2021.
  • Prizes will be awarded to a winner in each age/grade group: pre 4th grade, grades 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and adults of all ages!
  • Zines will be judged on: Creativity/Originality, Visual and Aesthetic Appeal, Quality of Writing/Readability, and Design/Format/Layout.
  • For more information, email Sara at sara.pete@sos.wa.gov.

Physical copies of the winning zines and honorable mentions will be added to the collections at the Washington State Library, The Seattle Public Library, and the Timberland Regional Library.  We will also be digitizing these zine so that people across our state (and beyond!) can have access to these wonderful zines created by Washingtonians. 


Try Washington State Digital Collections History Resources online, the Library of Congress Digital Collections, or visit the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives and/or your local library to find fantastic materials and inspiration for your creation!

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Past Winners

2019

Honorable mentions


2018
Grades 4-6 Mount Helens! by Pranav Dasan

Grades 7-9 1910 Stevens Pass Train Disaster by Sonja Rasmussen, Kaelyn Van Duzer, and Morgan Bong

Adult Mountain Devil by Marc Myrsell

2017
Grades 4-6 Hanford: The complex legacy left behind, Mia Widrow

Adult Answering Columbia’s Call : Seattle’s War Relief Bazaar of 1917, Lisa Oberg 

2016
Grades 4-6 The Grand Coulee Dam, Anna Riley

Grades 7-9 Women’s Rights & Wonder Women from Washington’s Past, Janisa Cook

Grades 10-12 Pike Place Market, Adrian Poslednik

Adult 721 Seventeenth Avenue : A Love (Hi)Story, Amanda Demeter 

2015 
Adult Glore & Wunder : Adventures and Amusements in Washington State History by Susanna Gowing