Art Block Zine

Art Block is a student-run DSTL Arts program that produces a biannual zine by the same name. The Art Block Zine is put together by a student-led editorial board that meets on a weekly basis and reviews all submissions for content, theme, and artistic quality. The work our student-led editorial board seeks to publish should activate our five senses while inspiring us with a sense of vulnerability: a sense of realness. We hope to connect with well-developed stories and artwork.

Twice a year, our editorial board chooses a new theme for the zine. The current theme, and submission period, can be found below, along with our Art Block Zine Submission Form.

For any questions regarding the following submission guidelines, feel free to contact us by email at


Current Theme: Your (L.A.) Life Story

Tell us your life story, in the shortest way possible! We want to receive vignettes about your life in Los Angeles. What’s it like living in L.A.? What is your relationship with the city? As always, tell us what your life is like through either photography, comics, poetry, flash fiction (500 words or less), or fine art/illustration. We look forward to getting to know you.

Submission Period: Monday, August 1, 2016 – Friday, September 30, 2016

Submissions accepted by email only, and must follow our guidelines.

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Submission Guidelines

Submitting Artists must be between the ages of 16–21 years old, and reside in Los Angeles County. All submissions must include the Art Block Zine Submission Form, completed, with signatures.

All submissions must be theme-appropriate. Submissions that do not fit under the current theme will not be considered for publication.

Email your completed submission form as a .PDF and all artwork in the formats listed below to:

Creative Writing Submissions:

All creative writing submissions must be typed, 12pt., Times New Roman font, and must include title and author’s name. Creative writing submissions must be emailed in either .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.

Submissions must be written primarily in English and/or Spanish. Other languages welcome within your text, but the overall written work must be primarily English or Spanish.


  • All types, forms, and styles accepted (ex. haiku, sonnet, free-form, etc.)
  • Up to 2 poems may be submitted per person, not to exceed 5 pages total.
  • Poetry submissions must be formatted as you would want them to appear in the zine.

Flash Fiction/Short Stories/Creative Nonfiction:

  • 500 words or less
  • Single-spaced
  • One (1) story per person
  • Ensure all spelling, grammar, formatting, etc. is complete and finalized. No edits shall be made after submission.

Visual Art Submissions:

All visual art must be submitted as:

  • black and white, no color
  • JPEG format, 300dpi resolution
  • All artwork will be converted to CMYK color space.


  • 5” x 7” margins, portrait or landscape orientation. Anything outside 5” x 7” margin will be cropped out, so keep important elements within those margins.
  • 2 pages per comic, maximum
  • Artists may submit up to two, 2pg. comics (4 pages total of illustrated work)


  • 5”x 7” margins
  • black and white, no color
  • JPEG format, 300dpi
  • Artists may submit up to 2 illustrations


  • 5”x 7” format
  • black and white, no color
  • JPEG format, 300dpi
  • Artists may submit up to 2 photographs

All submissions must follow the previous set guidelines. Additionally, we will not consider work that is not theme-appropriate, does not meet submission guidelines, or is gratuitously violent, obscene, or purposely offensive based on race, ethnicity, gender, or religious beliefs.


Please note: Submission does not guarantee publication. Artists whose work is selected for publication will be notified prior to the upcoming zine release date, and will be eligible to receive one (1) free copy of the published zine. Additional copies may be purchased for $5 each at the zine release party, or online, after the zine release date.

Complete this Art Block Zine Submission Form, and email it as a .PDF along with your submissions to:

Submission Form Download: Art Block Zine Submission Form

 This program is supported in part by the California Arts Council, a state agency, and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

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