OPEN CALL: Blackpool Social Club zine #1

OPEN CALL: Blackpool Social Club zine #1
Everything not saved will be lost

DEADLINE Friday 25 September 2020

Submissions are open for the first issue of the Blackpool Social Club Zine. We welcome contributions from artists and creatives of all backgrounds and all experience levels who live in an FY postcode area.

The first issue will be available from early October 2020 online or from a number of Blackpool venues, costing a suggested donation of £2-3 to help cover production costs.   Contributors will be paid for their work at a flat rate of £30. Please note that this isn’t a commission for new work, we’re paying you for the use of existing work.



Stories and essays of up to 2,000 words.


The total word count of your piece must be no more than 500 words. Your piece must be relevant to the theme.


Please submit no more than four photographs, relevant to the theme. You may include a few sentences about the photographs and how they relate to the theme. Please note that there is a possibility that not all of your photographs will be selected.

ART (Collage, painting, drawing, illustration, comics, etc.)

Please submit no more than two pieces of art, relevant to the theme. You may include a few sentences about your art and how it relates to the theme. Please note that there is a possibility that not all of your pieces will be selected. 

Submission guidelines
The theme for our first edition will be Everything not saved will be lost (the Nintendo quit screen message). You can use this as a prompt, or incorporate it in your work as you see fit. 

Please use this online form to submit your work for the zine. Please submit only ONE submission per category, following the submissions guidelines for that category. Every effort will be made to include all submitted work so long as it meets the requirements. However, in the event that submissions exceed the capacity of the zine a selection will be made on the basis of relevance and variety.

If you want to be a part of the first issue of the Blackpool Social Club Zine. Please send your submissions to [email protected] 

  • Subject line: BSC Zine #1
  • Make sure that your email includes:
    • Your name
    • Your postcode
    • A short artist bio (approx 150 words)
    • Links to your website/social media
    • A brief outline/description of your submission
    • Please upload your files to a cloud server (WeTransfer, Dropbox, Google Drive etc.) and include a link to the download folder, together with the password if it is password protected.

The zine will be issued as an A5 booklet in print and PDF form.
We will try and allocate 1 page per submission.

If you want to retain the formatting/page layout of your work, please submit a pre-formatted page file.

File type

Photos & Visual Art

  • Tif
  • Psd
  • Pdf
  • Jpg
300-600 dpi
Written pieces
  • Doc
  • Docx
  • Pages
  • Google Doc
Pre-formatted pieces/pages
  • 14.8cm × 21cm
  • 5mm bleed if whole page
  • Portrait orientation
300-600 dpi
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