Roots Zine

We are very excited to announce the upcoming publication of the first issue of ‘Roots Zine’ a new underground publication to share positive ideas, actions and creativity in our Community. The first issue ‘Movement’ will be hitting post boxes in December 2020 – just in time for the lift of lockdown and (fingers crossed) the start of the Eco Parks winter events programme.

‘Now is the time to launch a new grassroots initiative that communicates all that is going on in our community, in its hearts and minds and on the ground. Roots Zine is essentially a creative outlet, a transmitter for getting involved in the good stuff, discovering new ways to make a difference. Roots Zine embodies the ethos of the Eco Park…..inclusion, understanding, respect, the love of our environment and ecosystem, music, food, people… finding joy in the DIY culture.’ Tim Stirrup, founding Director of the Eco Park

Eco Park Press is inviting contributions for the first issue of Roots Zine along the theme of ‘Movement’, read on to find out how to submit your contributions.

A brief history of the Zine

From sci-fi enthusiasts, to the British Punk scene, the ‘Fanzine’ was around long before there was Twitter or Instagram. Zines tend to focus on cult subjects and thrive within artistic communities, they embody impulsivity – an insider’s point of view, reporting the moment exactly as it happens. With a do-it-yourself ethos using a blend of hand written articles and stark montages of image and text, zines perfectly capture an impulsive movement too fast to process. 

Contributions 

We are seeking contributions in a range of disciplines articles, drawings, interviews, illustrations, photographs, recipes, comics, poems, letters etc… – however you best express yourself.

Nothing needs to be too polished – this is DIY culture don’t forget! Keep the word count low, we are hoping to share plenty of ideas; stories of local adventurers, movements, groups, seasonal changes, what’s happening right now? New music, passions, what’s kept you going in these past few months? Have you found an inspiring story you are burning to share? Issue themes can be interpreted in many ways – lets see how this shapes up?

Submission Deadline Roots Zine Issue #1:  Friday 20th November 2020

Eco Park Press

Situated in Studio 3, in the main workshops at the Eco Park, our creative design studio offers a fantastic space for self publishing. At its heart is the Risograph printer which is the most eco friendly method of printing we know of, it has limitless scope for creativity, plus that authentic retro vibe which we love so well. At Eco Park Press we print and bind zines, booklets, posters and flyers for the wider community, as well as offering bookable printing slots in this space to publish your own zines, or print runs.

Submission Guidelines
  1. Please tile your email submissions ‘Roots Zine Issue #1 [your name as it should appear in print] – ‘title of submission’
  2. Art Submissions – Roots Zine will be printed at A5 size (21cm x 14.85), for full bleed artwork please include a 3mm bleed all around. Please be advised that we will be printing using a stencil based Risograph printer therefore artworks may need to be recoloured or printed in a single ink colour.
  3. Postal submissions should be no larger than A5 and sent to Roots Zine, Studio 3, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Cornwall TR4 8HL – please include your contact details and these should also be received before the submission deadline.
  4. Longform written submissions should be submitted as a word or Google doc and have a word count of no longer than 1,200 words.
  5. If submitting multiple separate works for the same issue, please send these in a separate email.
  6. Email print@mpecopark.co.uk with your submissions or for more guidance.

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