a place for zinesters - writers and readers
Hey there! This is a call for submissions for a not-yet-titled compilation zine about being autistic done by autistic people. The plan is for this to be online and on paper. Allistic/non-autistic folks are welcome and encouraged to read and share this zine when it’s finished, but are not welcome to submit to this.
Anyone autistic who wants to submit to this zine is welcome to do so! Anywhere on the spectrum, non-speaking or speaking to any degrees, self-diagnosed or formally diagnosed, feel any which way about you being autistic yourself*, and so on.
Autistic people whose perspectives may be under-represented due to being additionally marginalized by things such as exclusion of non-speaking people, other ableism, racism and white supremacy, classism, misogyny and transmisogyny, transphobia, binarism, homophobia / queerphobia, ageism, etc. are especially encouraged to participate in this zine if they are interested in doing so.
Autistic culture is diverse - let’s try to show that!
*Regarding “[you can] feel any which way about you being autistic yourself,” I mean that you can state however you feel about being autistic yourself, whether you feel positively, negatively or in between – but don’t impose your feelings or beliefs onto anyone else, nor onto autism as a whole! No curebie/anti-autistic stuff about other autistic people or autism as a whole. No pushing Autistic Pride on everyone. Please respect that autistic people don’t all feel the same way.
THIS ZINE NEEDS:
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 necessarily 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 subtitled if they contain sound. Audio submissions should be transcribed.
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.
Submissions for the paper zine should fit on 8.5” x 11” paper.
Journal entries, rants, poetry, short stories, articles, song lyrics, lists, etc.
Please try to use trigger warnings in submissions when applicable. Thank you.
Please send a copy (scan or photocopy) of your work if you only have the original, especially if it’s handwritten.
Typed or handwritten. Must fit on 8.5” x 11” paper. Submissions that are 1 to 4 pages, single-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), that leaves less space for other contributors to be published!
Submissions (written or otherwise) that support racism or white supremacy, ableism, classism, fatphobia, sizism, misogyny or transmisogyny, transphobia, homo/queerphobia, binarism, or other forms of oppression in any way will not be accepted. Such submissions will either be returned to you or deleted (if sent via email) or thrown away.
Deadline (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.
Some ideas for potential writing topics, if you need any:
- Identities: your identify with regard to autism; your identity in general; being autistic/on the autistic spectrum and overlapping with or influencing your experiences with your other identities; things about you that you would like other people to know; language you do or do not like to be referred with
- Accessibility & Support: living situations, self-determination or lack thereof, accessibility issues, support issues; assistive technologies, support equipment, other things (anything), and/or people that help make more places/people/things more accessible to you; assistive technologies, support equipment or other things that could help people/places/things be more accessible; disabilities besides autism- language you use to describe your disabilities, how your disabilities affect each other, how you feel about your disabilities; Are your experiences and concerns represented enough in Autistic culture, the neurodiversity community, the disability rights movement, or society in general?
- Autism & family: Does your family know that you are autistic?; Do you have any family members who are also on the autistic spectrum, that you know of?; Is your family supportive of and helpful to you?; How could your family support you better?; Do you have chosen family members instead or in addition to birth family members?; anything you would like to share about what your family life is like
Work / School: experiences with work, school, volunteering; Do you work, go to school, or do volunteer work? What do you do or study, or what would you like to? Do you get accommodations, and are they helpful? Do you enjoy work / school / volunteering, overall? If you are not in school or working currently, is it due to a lack of accommodations, and/or other reasons? Would you like to be in school, working, or volunteering?
- Taking care: some things that make life easier for you with your care (caretakers, self-care, assistance from other people); what helps you feel better when you are having a more difficult day?; special things that are comforting to you;
- Ableism (from allistic people, & internalized from ourselves/each other): personal experiences with allism / ableism from allistic people, the autism community; dealing with internalized ableism; history of and potential future tactics for combatting ableism as individuals, as a community/ies, as a culture, as a movement(s)
- Sensory processing: experiences with having a difference in sensory processing; things that bother you; things that make you feel better; dealing with sensory overload; sensory things you seek
- Autism, Mental Health, and the DSM: how does autism affect your mental health, and vice versa?; managing mental health issues as an autistic person(s); experiences with psychiatrists, psychologists, other mental health professionals as autistic person(s); experiences with psychiatric institutions as autistic person(s); feelings/thoughts about the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” 5, removal of Asperger Syndrome and PDD-NOS, re-categorizing as Autistic Spectrum Disorders;
- Stimming (self-stimulation): do you stim?; favorite stim toys/objects; types of stimming you do; your favorite ways to stim; your feelings about your stimming; does stimming help you?; have your stims changed over time?
- Autistic culture and/or Autistic community/ies: what is/are Autistic culture or Autistic community/ies to you?; experiences and involvement with Autistic culture and/or Autistic community/ies (online and/or offline); what you like about Autistic culture or Autistic community and what you think need to change; do you feel like your experiences and concerns are represented adequately in the culture or the community?; are there different communities within the Autistic community (ex: queer Autistic community, black Autistic community, etc.)?
- the Neurodiversity movement, Autistic Pride, and the Disability Rights movement
- Favorite things & Special Interests: do you have any favorite things, animals, places, people, etc.? Do you have “special interests”? What are they? Why are they your favorites / your special interests?