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Hey there! This is a call for submissions for a compilation zine about being autistic that will be made totally by autistic people. My plan is for this zine to be available online and on paper. Allistic (non-autistic) people are welcome and encouraged to read and share this zine when it’s finished (and share this call for submissions), but are not currently welcome to submit to this zine – this one’s just for us.

Any autistic person who wants to submit to this zine (or to otherwise help) is welcome to do so. Autistic people who may be under-represented are especially encouraged to participate in this zine if they would like to! Autistic culture is diverse - let’s try to show that!




Sketches, drawings, paintings, collages, photographs, mixed media, and more!

Important: Please submit a scan, photocopy, or photograph of your work, if possible, especially if it’s being submitted to the paper version of the zine. (I don’t want to lose or mess up any originals!)

Artwork does not have to be related to or focused on autism or your experiences of being autistic if you don’t feel like doing that! The point is just that it’s art made by an autistic person submitted to a zine by autistic people.

An online version of the zine could also include video and audio submissions. Video submissions should be captioned or subtitled if possible, if they contain sound. Audio submissions should be transcribed, if possible. (I can try to find someone to help with those things!)

Color or black & white art is fine. Color artwork in the paper zine will eventually be copied in black & white.

Please include a short image description for any visual art submissions. (Also helpful: keywords that could go in an image description.)

Please use trigger warnings in submissions when applicable. Thanks.

Submissions for the paper zine should fit on 8.5” x 11” paper.



Journal entries, rants, commentary, poetry, short stories, articles, song lyrics, lists, etc.

Please try to use trigger warnings in submissions when applicable. Thank you.

Important: If you only have the original (especially if it’s handwritten), please send a copy (scan or photocopy) of your work. (I don’t want to lose anyone’s work.)

Typed or handwritten. Must fit on 8.5” x 11” paper for the print zine. Submissions that are 1 to 4 pages, single or double spaced, in size 12 – 14 non-cursive font are preferable.

Please keep in mind that when I accept longer submissions (and/or multiple submissions from the same person) to the paper zine, that leaves less space for other contributors to be published.


Deadline for submissions (approx.): May 30, 2014

Send submissions to Jordan: feralismyheart AT gmail DOT com

For submitting via “snail mail”, email Jordan and ask for a mailing address. Thanks.


Some ideas for potential writing topics, if you need any:

- Favorite things, animals, people, interests, places, etc.

- Things, animals, people, places that help you feel better (or your ideal thing, animal, person, or place)

- Accessibility and support

- Care (caretakers and self-care)

- Identities (in terms of autism, other identities you have, identity in general)

- Stimming (self-stimulation)

- Autistic culture, Autistic community/ies

- Neurodiversity movement, Autistic Pride, Disability Rights movement

- Dealing with sensory processing differences

- Autism and health issues (mental health, physical health, etc)

- Autism and family life

- Work (including volunteering) / School

- Ableism

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