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Neurodiverse Zinesters Allies and Zines

Group for zinesters on the autistic spectrum, dyspraxic, dyslexic, ADHD, any neurological disability... our zines and friends

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Comment by Sam Schmitt on October 23, 2015 at 5:52pm

Call for Submissions!
All In Your Head: Queerness, Neurodiversity, and Disability Zine
Theme: "Impairment"
All in Your Head is a traditional cut-and-paste style zine with a focus on LGBTQIA neurodivergent and disabled activists, zinesters, artists, and authors. Our zine operates on the following *principles: 1.) social inequality and injustice exists [racism, classism, ableism, heterosexism, cissexism to name a few]; 2.) disability, neurodiversity can be understood as a viable form of human difference that intersects with/is shaped by systems of dominance; 3.) claims that there is a “normal” bodymind can have damaging and harmful effects (physically/emotionally/spiritually) and are partly shaped by current social/cultural values and white western colonial histories; 4.) neuroatypical people and people with disabilities must navigate cultural taboos, move among complex institutions and systems of care and negotiate conflicting ideas of “wellness/illness,“ “silence/disclosure,” “visibility/invisibility;” “dis/ability” and more 5.) most importantly, our stories matter.
(*this list is by no means exhaustive)
For the 2015 winter edition of All in Your Head, we invite you to share first person narratives, essays, rants, poems, doodles, drawings, photography, collages (and more!) that address the concept of “impairment.” We are seeking pieces that explore the theme "impairment” as it relates to disabled bodyminds and ways that queer neurodivergent, disabled folks encounter and resist cultural stigma and self-authorize our existence.
We are seeking topics that address the follow themes (and others):
§ Queer “failures”, impairment as “failure” (intentional, unintentional?)
§ the SuperCrip (Eli Clare) 
§ “impairment," progress narratives of healing and recovery
§ “impairment” as a bodily reality, “theory in the flesh” (This Bridge Called my Back, Moraga and Anzaldúa)
§ essays on the intersection of race, gender, and ability; disability, impairment and the contours of race, class, gender, sexuality, nationality, size etc
§ technologies and (assistive?) devices as they may co-create “impairment” stories (i.e.: cochlear implants; pumps, catheters, and chest ports; apps to name a few)
§ impairment and disability activism
§ critiques of “disability,” “neurodivergence,” “impairment” as they are employed here or elsewhere
§ Have an idea not listed here? Submit anyway!

It is a myth that you must be a “good writer” or “good artist” to submit to a zine. 
We welcome many kinds of writing and artwork!!

Send your submissions to allinyourheadzine@gmail.com before December 30th, 2015. For written items, please use Microsoft word and submit your writing in .doc or .docx format (max 2500 words but let us know if you need extra space.) For artwork, please attach high resolution .jpg images to your email. Please include a title for your artwork and any information you think would be pertinent for readers to know about your piece (medium, location, tools used etc). Contributors can share a short bio or publish their work anonymously. 
IMPORTANT: Contributors should be willing to have their work displayed in another, accessible form of media alongside the traditional paper zine. We will have an experiential element incorporated into this project that extends beyond the physical paper zine itself. Thus, contributors should anticipate that their work may be read and translated/captioned in a video via youtube or another internet venue. More details to come. 

Comment by Kari Tervo on May 17, 2015 at 11:08pm

Hi! Anyone wanna trade? I'd be up for anything you have on the topic of neurodiversity/mental illness. In return, I'll send you whatever item you want from my Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetmayhemzinery

Comment on my wall if you are interested! :-D

Comment by Birdie R on May 14, 2015 at 5:54am

In my first ever perzine I write about my recently-diagnosed autism quite a bit: I mention the diagnosis process and talk about interests.  Selling it on Etsy here.

Comment by Olivia M. on March 26, 2015 at 8:27pm
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: Autistic Self Care and Community Support Zine

This zine is a compilation zine by and for autistic people on autistic self care and intra-community support.

As an autistic person who occasionally struggles with executive function and “autistic inertia,” sometimes the typical self care advice just doesn’t work for me. I’ve found that getting other people to guide me or tell me to do something is helpful, and I’d be willing to return the favor, so this is an important subject to me. I’d like to explore the ways that autistic community can make the results of working together greater than the sum of our individual efforts.

Also, I’ve noticed that most self care advice tends to be directed at allistic people, and I can’t find much tailored specifically to autistic people. Sometimes the things I think would be helpful, like requesting support for supposedly “easy” tasks, are seen as awkward, taboo, or immature, often leading to me avoiding asking them of allistic people. I think all of these things deserve more dialogue to bring them into the open and provide useful advice to fellow autistics.

Possible Submission Topics:

  • Building support networks in autistic community
  • Dealing with depression and anxiety as an autistic person
  • Autistic inertia and self care
  • Addressing barriers to self care
  • Making self care manageable
  • Sensory self care
  • How we can help each other care for ourselves
  • And anything else you can think of!


  • You must be autistic (on the autism spectrum) to submit. Self-diagnosed people are welcome. If I’m low on submissions, I may accept pieces from people with similar issues to those faced by autistics, such as allistic people with ADHD or SPD.
  • You must be over the age of 13 to submit.
  • Keep things SFW (safe for work, no explicit content)
  • Try to keep submissions a reasonable length (probably under 10 pages)
  • This should go without saying, but refrain from including sexist, racist, heterosexist, cissexist, ableist, or otherwise bigoted material in your submissions.
  • Please don’t use functioning labels in your pieces. Also, avoid talking about Autism Speaks.
  • You can include an “about the author” section with links to blogs, etsy shops, etc.
  • You may submit multiple pieces.
  • Submissions will be edited lightly for spelling and grammar. If I think something else should be changed, I’ll contact the author
  • No poetry, please.
  • Art submissions are okay if they include text.

Important Stuff:

By submitting, you are giving me permission to include your work in this zine. The zine will have a free pdf version released online (including a version that will work with screenreaders) and maybe a print version to be sold online. Authors retain copyright to their submissions.

Tentative Submission Deadline: May 31st, 2015

To Submit: Email me your submission at metaparadox11 (at) gmail (dot) com

If you want, you can also submit through Tumblr (I’m at oliviaszines and paradoxnow, my personal blog) or through We Make Zines. Feel free to ask me questions.

In case you’re curious, I’m a 22 year old autistic (diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome) girl who is still fairly new to the autistic community (it took a long time to find someone who would take me seriously enough to diagnose me) and the world of zines (which are now my strongest special interest.) If you have any advice from either side, I’d love to hear it!

- Olivia

Comment by Jordan / Feral Is My Heart on February 12, 2015 at 1:21pm

Call for Submissions: No Missing Pieces Zine #2

This is a call for submissions for issue number 2 of No Missing Pieces Zine. No Missing Pieces is an online and paper magazine and media project by autistic people. 

Anyone who identifies as autistic, from all corners and areas of the spectrum, is very welcome and encouraged to share things for this project. 

I very much encourage stuff from autistic people whose life experiences may not be shared enough because: you are mostly or totally nonverbal or nonspeaking, you need more help with daily living tasks (what that means is up to you), you live in an institution, you have other disabilities in addition to being autistic, you’re a person of color, you are poor or homeless, you get sidelined because of your gender (if any), or your sexual or romantic orientation (if any), or you are or have been incarcerated, or you live in a rural area or small town, and so on in any combination. 

Note: Neurotypical people should not contribute to this project on their own — but they can help an autistic person submit something, and they can help also by sharing this, and reading and sharing the final project. Thanks.

More Notes: 1) If you are writing something, please use simpler language, not academic language, otherwise I and a lot of other people won’t understand you.

2) All the editing done for this project is accessibility-focused (image descriptions, transcriptions, trigger warnings, etc.) Standard editing isn’t done.

(For Online or On Paper) This Project Needs:

Art / Craft works (drawings, comics, postcard art, mixed media, digital art, photography, paintings, fabric arts, fashion, collage, sketches, sculptures and models, etc.) Please include an image description or keywords. Art for the paper version should fit on 8.5 x 11 size paper.

Audio / Video. Please warn if there is loud noise or music, brightness, or shaky, flashing, or quickly-moving lights or images. Please try to avoid autoplay. Audio / Video will need to be captioned and/or transcribed. (I can get help with this if needed.)

Writing (prose, journal entries, short fiction, rants, poetry, song lyrics, lists, etc.). Please include trigger / content warnings if they apply. Please use a print style font (not cursive), and a standard size font (12 or 14 point is usually standard) if possible. A maximum of 5 pages is preferred for the paper zine so that there is more space for other people.

Other Things You Can Think Of???

Special Note: Contributor bios are totally optional. An example is something like Name (real name, fake name, screen name, anonymous), age, gender pronouns, general location, hobbies or something you want to share about yourself, where people could find more of your work / how people could contact you.  

“Soft” Deadline: Sunday, June 14, 2015

Final Deadline: To Be Determined

If you want to submit something, or you have questions, here is how to contact me: Email Jordan - feralismyheart(at)gmail(dot)com
or message me on Tumblr: feralismyheart.tumblr.com
or by mail to: 
Jordan G., 
P.O. Box 269, 
Flintstone, MD 21530, USA

Comment by A.L. on December 16, 2014 at 3:34pm

If you’d like to hear it // I can sing it for you is an independent zine seeking submissions for Issue #001! This zine is focused on memory loss, and the negotiation of an aging and pathological body/brain and a “forgetful” self in an unaccommodating world, as well as accounts of chronic illness and the end-of-life experiences of an aging self.

We are seeking writings (300-500 words), photos, and artwork from folks in all of life’s ages and stages. This work is centered on intellectual/emotional criticisms and personal experiences of aging, illness, and death from caregivers, patients, and advocates. We are exploring the radical sociologies of aging, caregiving, and aging advocacy through personal experiences, progressive politics, and academic thought.

Please email agingzine@gmail.com with questions!

Comment by Derek on July 24, 2014 at 2:36pm

howdy,  i'm the dad of a ASD kiddo, looking to read some zines on the issue. also would not mind contributing if anyone is looking.

Comment by zeraph dylan on October 1, 2013 at 10:01am

@Katherine, Yes, I would love to check out a copy. I run a distro-- would you be open to having this zine considered for the distro? You would not necessarily need to make more copies yourself if that was not convenient. We can talk more by private message-- I'll send you my mailing address. Thanks!

Zeraph Dylan
The Alchemist's Closet


Comment by Kit on September 30, 2013 at 10:01pm

@zeraph dylan: I know your comment was nearly a year ago, but if you're still here:

I wrote a zine called 'adventures in unreality' about 5 years ago, which was mainly about the social cues that I'd only just discovered to exist. I tried to explain them in a way that mad sense to me as an autistic person. If you're interested, I can find a copy and mail it to you.



Comment by zeraph dylan on October 30, 2012 at 12:19am

I'm looking for some great zines on ability, disability, etc., oppression and privilege associated with neurodiversity, zines from folks on the autistic spectrum, etc.

Any recommendations?



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