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A zine (pronounced zeen) is an independently published booklet.


The San Antonio Public Library's Big Read Zine is looking for submissions from you!  We are looking for creative works that showcase what the new normal looks like in the wake of the pandemic.  What has changed? What has not?  

What does the new normal look like to you?

2021 Theme:  New is Normal

Submission Deadline:  August 15, 2021

2021 Big Read Zine Release:  December 2021

Submission Examples:  Drawings, doodles, cartoons, poetry, short or long-form writings, photos, and more! 

Age Restrictions:  None. All ages are welcome to submit

Residency Restrictions:  None.  Anyone within the San Antonio Public Library community may submit.  You do not need to be a San Antonio resident to participate.



  • Submit your work using the form on the next page, clicking the Submit HERE button below. Name your file: Firstname_Lastname.format.
  • All content must be original
  • Longform written submissions: the maximum word count for submissions is 800 words. 
  • By submitting work you grant the San Antonio Public Library the right to publish that work in Big Read Zine.
  • Submitting work does not guarantee publication.
  • Submissions will be reviewed by a committee of San Antonio Public Library staff.
  • Submission limit-  Submissions are limited to one or two works due to the high volume received. 
  • Ownership Rights-Though published by San Antonio Public Library, ownership rights of original work remain with the creator.
  • Content Limitations- This is a family-friendly publication.  We will not accept content that contains the following:
    • profanity

    • sexual content

    • gratuitous violence against marginalized people

    • anything which may be offensive towards a group or individual


  • Due to the volume of submissions, we are unable to respond to each submission.
  • We are unable to provide feedback on submissions that are not accepted.
  • If your work is selected for Big Read Zine, you will be notified upon publication.


DEADLINE: Sunday, August 15, 2021