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Call for Submissions 2023

Call for Submissions

“Family” is an idea that runs deeper than DNA. For the queer community, chosen family is how many find support that they may not get from their biological family. Even for those in the community that come from supportive families, chosen family provides a network of loved ones who understand the queer experience in ways that blood relation often does not provide. This year’s Big Pride Zine is looking for creative works that celebrate the bond of chosen family and what it means to you!

*Click on tabs to view submission guidelines and the submission form*


Submission Guidelines


Deadline: EXTENDED to Monday May 1st, 2023

Theme: Chosen Family

Types of Work Accepted: 

Visual Art: photography, drawings, paintings, comics, collage, mixed media, etc.

Written Work: fiction, prose, poetry, essays, etc.

*All work must be scanned and submitted online through the submission form*

*All work must be original work*


Visual work:

  • Upload a 300 dpi jpg or png of your work
  • File name format: Firstname_Lastname.jpg or Firstname_Lastname.png
  • Allowed file type extensions:
    • .jpg
    • .jpeg
    • .png

Written work:

  • Length limit for prose: 800 Words
  • Length limit for poetry: 40 lines
  • Include your name on the document
  • File name format: Firstname_Lastname.format
  • Upload your document file
  • Allowed file type extensions:
    • .doc, .docx (Microsoft Word Document)
    • .odt (OpenDocument Text Document)
    • .rtf (Rich Text Format)


Number of Submissions - Only two submissions are permitted per contributor due to submission volume.

Content Limitations - This publication is meant for readers of all ages, so we will not accept content that contains the following: 

  • Pornographic content (Content depicting explicit sexual acts. Content dealing with gender identity and sexuality is fine for submission)
  • Profanity 

  • Expressions of hate or desire to harm particular people or groups 


By submitting your work, you are giving the San Antonio Public Library permission to publish it in the Big Pride Zine. However, ownership rights of the work remain with the creator.

Please Note:

  • Submitting work does not guarantee publication.
  • 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 Pride Zine, you will be notified upon publication.
  • If your work is not selected this time, keep an eye out for the next call for Big Read Zine submissions later this year and resubmit!



Phone: 210-207-2500


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