WWAC Is Launching a Zine and We Want YOUR Submissions!

Calling all nerdy, outspoken, thoughtful, quirky women and non-binary writers, illustrators, and comic artists! Women Write About Comics is launching its first zine, Secrets of the Goat People, and we want YOU. WWAC was founded in part to promote and publish the voices of women and non-binary writers, those of us who have been marginalized, unheard and unseen, within the geek industry. That’s why the theme we’ve chosen is simply: Voice. 

We want to hear you. And we want to amplify your voice.

Interested? Here’re the deets:

What do we want?

We’re accepting unpublished work, new or old. If the work has been published, we’ll accept it if it’s been newly expanded and unpublished in its current form. 

This zine is a new venture–and a new medium in which we can follow one of our core principles. So, let’s hear you. What do you want to say? Shout it out. We’re listening!

We’re looking for:

  • Short fiction or prose (500-750 words)
  • One-page, b&w or greyscale illustrations or comics
  • Long fiction or prose (2,500-3,000 words)
  • Mid-length, b&w or greyscale comics (6-8 pages)

What’ll we pay you?

Payment rates are as follows:

  • Short fiction or prose: $50
  • One-page illustration or comic: $50
  • Long fiction or prose: $200
  • Mid-length comic: $200

Details and requirements:

As referenced above, submissions are only open to women and non-binary people.

Secrets of the Goat People will be published in both digital and physical zine form. With this in mind, illustrations and comics should be print ready and formatted for 6.25″ x 9.75″.

Payment will be issued only after work is received and the editorial process is complete. You must submit a name and valid address. Payment will be sent via check or PayPal within ten business days of editorial completion.

We reserve exclusive rights for one year in Canada, the U.S., and the U.K. After one year, the work may be reprinted as long as attribution is given to Women Write About Comics as the original publisher. Exceptions may be negotiated in writing.

Submission process:

Please submit your completed work via email to publishing@wwacomics.com with a short (1-2 sentence) bio. You may include your own website and/or one to two social media handles. Incomplete work or pitches for work will not be accepted at this time.

Deadline:

The deadline for submission is August 6, 2016.

goatpeopleAbout Women Write About Comics:

Women Write About Comics is an online magazine. Our beat is comics, creators, and geek culture from a feminist perspective, and we are committed to both intersectionality and internationality.

You’re probably wondering about the name of the zine, huh? We first met the goat people in Baffling Mysteries, an old Ace Comics anthology magazine, a snippet of which makes up the header image on our about page.

But it was only after we saw The VVitch, this year’s much debated Puritan witch film (and couldn’t stop talking making dirty goat jokes), that we finally knew that we at WWAC were goat people. Can we spoil you? Well, we’re going to. In The VVitch, a suspicious goat named Black Phillip is also a devil (the devil? a minor devil? who knows…) who tempts young women into his coven with butter and dresses. A bad deal, if you ask us. Who needs some devilish billy goat to lead your coven.

At WWAC, the goat people, not the billy-goat-devil-guy, run things. And it only seemed right that we name our first zine after curious, clever, stubborn goats. ???? ???? ????

Go home, Black Phillip, no one wants your butter.
Go home, Black Phillip, no one wants your butter.
Megan Purdy

Megan Purdy

Publisher of all this. Megan was born in Toronto. She's still there. Philosopher, space vampire, heart of a killer.

31 thoughts on “WWAC Is Launching a Zine and We Want YOUR Submissions!

  1. I just sent an email to the submission address because I never heard from anyone. I submitted the story on July 18. It was called The Necromantic Buzz

  2. Dear Editors:
    Do you have any information or updates on when you will be responding and/or publishing the anthology?
    Sincerely,
    Curious Submitter

  3. I would have liked to send you something. Is it possible to do it after the deadline? I would need at least another week.
    Thanks,

  4. I did not learn about your submission possibility until after the deadline. When will you be accepting submissions again?

      1. I think Emily is asking what time zone should we use to measure the final deadline by. As in, 11:59 EST or 11:59 Pacific time?

  5. Do you accept multiple submissions? Also, what is your pay for work more than 750 words but under 2, 500? That’s missing.

  6. I’m curious about some of the questions others have brought up, too – is the theme goat people, or voices…?

    1. Secrets of the Goat People is just the name of the zine and not the theme. The theme is about voices and I expand on that in my comments above. 😀

  7. Hi! I’m interested in submitting a comic, when you say “unpublished work” does this include work that was self-published in zine-format and read by, like, 20 people?

    thanks!

    1. Secrets of the Goat People is just the name of the zine and not the theme. It can be about anything but be sure to follow the submission guidelines as well!

  8. Hiya, really interested on contributing! Just wondering if there’s any sort on theme, or can we do whatever we like as long as it’s from a feminist perspective?
    Thanks!

    1. If you identify as a woman or non-binary, it can be about anything. This first issue is about amplifying the voices of the marginalized and silenced! What are YOU interested in? Take it from there.

  9. Hi I’m a comic artist and I got a question for the illustration section, is the request for ‘1 comic page’ or ‘per page is.. this much..?’ May I confirm so I may decide whether its only an illustration or a short comic? Thank you, thrilled to try to partake in this.

    1. Hey Sarah! We’re accepting both one page comics (or a one page illustration) and multi-paged comics which are up to 6=8 pages long. We’re paying per page for comics/illustrations.

      1. Does the topic of the comic submission have to be about a woman in comix world? Like, how I think Lynda Barry could be a lost sister of mine? Does it have to be non-fictional/expositional commentary/positive critique? Or can I make it a fictional work? Wait: me thinking that Lynda Barry is kin is not too far from fiction. :/

        1. If you identify as a woman or non-binary, it can be about anything. This first issue is about amplifying the voices of the marginalized and silenced! What are YOU interested in? Take it from there. Comics can be either fiction or non-fiction.

  10. Two things:

    1.) Not female, and not much of a writer, so nothing out of me. I will refer anyone that I can, though.

    2.) It took until 2016, with The Witch, to finally learn that you were goat people? For. SHAME.

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