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Zines at SAPL

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


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Zines provide a way for anyone to express themselves and to share ideas. They demonstrate self-publishing at the most accessible level, introducing voices that may not have access to traditional publishing channels. San Antonio Public Library’s zine collection is available for public use at Central Library and showcases materials written by, about and for our community. A zine (pronounced ZEEN; like magazine) is an independently published booklet.

Who Reads Zines and Why?

The SAPL Zine Collection aims to serve the interests and needs of current readers and community.  And to expose patrons to zines as the information, art form and alternative communication tool it has come to be known.

 Zines are documents that tell the story of contemporary life, culture, and politics in a variety of voices that might otherwise be lost. As the SAPL collection grows we hope that library users will enjoy the collection simply for its vibrancy, cultural value, and artistic relevance. 


Big Read Zine 2022 Call for Submissions


The San Antonio Public Library's Big Read Zine is looking for submissions from you!  We are looking for creative works that showcase Women. Strong women-women heroes. What does this mean to you?  Who do you believe fits this theme?  

Who do you believe fits this theme?

2022 Theme:  Women | strong women-women heroes

Submission Deadline:  September 25, 2022

2022 Big Read Zine Release:  December 2022

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.medium (Example: Sam.Smart.illustration)
  • 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: Submission period has closed.