8th Annual Washington State Zine Contest

The 8th Annual Washington State Zine Contest is now closed.
Winners will be announced in May!

Submission Guidelines
• Participants must be Washington State residents.

• Zines must be created in 2022 or 2023 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.
• Please remember to cite your sources and credit the work of other people for any parts of your zine that are not your own original work.
• Entries may be dropped off at the Washington State Library @ 6880 Capitol Blvd. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501 (call during open hours to be let in 360.704.5221) or mailed to us @ WSL Zine Contest, PO Box 42460, Olympia, WA, 98504-2460
• Entries must be postmarked by February 24, 2023.
• 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 [email protected]

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!

A Few Zine Libraries in WA State

How to Make a Zine Video

2021 Winners:

Congratulations to the creators of these creative and unique zines!

Pre-4th Grade Grades 4-6 Grades 7-9 Grades 10-12 Adult
Kids Waited
William K. Gault

Mental Health Matters
Catalina Roach

How to Make a Pokémon Deck
Conner Goodsel
Bus Stop Love
Zoe Kelton
Mackenzie Lew

2021 Honorable Mentions

  Pre-4th Grade  
Journey of Tabasco Ninja
Nolan Pan
Know Your Bees
Manya Saxena
National Parks of Washington
Nathan Xu
Clyde Hill
  Grades 4-6  
Barney’s Way Home
Paige Johnson
The Chinese Zodiac: What Is It?
Tracy Zhu
Mill Creek
Nidoto Nai Yoni: Let It Not Happen Again
Dashwood Davis
Bainbridge Island
My Top Ten Public Humiliations
David Grieder
Octopus Gardening #12
Laurie Fordham
Stormy the Cat Teaches You to Make Challah
Chaun Soares


Past Winners

a photo of the 4 winning zines for the 6th annual Washington State Zine Contest. Rocks Everywhere, The Adventure of Unihorn, This Zine is Antiracist, and Together Apart



Honorable mentions

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

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 

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 

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