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Calling All Writers: Submit to Library Zine


Are you writer, poet, or artist? Would you like to see your works published? The New York Public Library has an opportunity for you!

Build a Better World through Reading

Submit to Library Zine

Library Zine: Voices from Across The New York Public Library is a new publication looking to showcase works from the diverse communities the Library serves! We call for the distinct and creative voices of our patrons to submit their poetry, short stories, essays, and original artwork for our second issue, which will revolve around The New York Public Library's Summer Reading theme, Build a Better World.

We are looking for inventive and creative takes on this theme which inspires reflections on community, construction, social awareness, and education. Do not take this theme literally; build your own interpretation! Make sure to stand out from the crowd and make your title unique to your work.


All written manuscripts must be typed in 12-point font with one-inch margins, and checked for spelling and grammar. At the top of your submission, please include your name, address, primary phone number, and email.

Poetry should be single-spaced and not exceed 1,000 words.

Short stories can be 500-2,500 words, about 2-10 pages double-spaced.

Non-fiction and essays should not exceed 2,500 words, about 10 pages double-spaced.

Manuscripts must be in .doc or .docx format, and/or readable in Google Drive and/or Microsoft Word.

Submissions can be written in any language.


Artwork and Photography

Physical copies of artwork (e.g. paintings, sculptures, etc.) or photos will not be accepted. Instead, take a picture or scan your work into one of the following formats: .JPG/JPEG, .TIFF, and .PNG. Images must be 300 pixels per inch (PPI). Images containing nudity will not be accepted.

Along with your image, attach a separate Word document with a description of your work and a short anecdote of what inspired the work.


Additional Information

While Library Zine does not want to limit our patrons’ creativity, be aware that this publication is intended for all audiences. Submissions must be mindful of language, the use of graphic violence and abuse, and the depiction of harmful stereotypes based on age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and mental/physical disabilities.

Limit of 5 submissions per person.

Please submit your work by filling out this form. You can alternatively email for the link.

Submission Deadline: September 1, 2017

All ages and languages are welcome to submit.


This program is funded through The New York Public Library’s Innovation Project, which is made possible by a generous grant from the Charles H. Revson Foundation.


Patron-generated content represents the views and interpretations of the patron, not necessarily those of The New York Public Library. For more information see NYPL's Website Terms and Conditions.


Hello, I was wondering if this is open only to residents of New York or the United States or if you accept submissions from around the world. Thank you! Kayal


Hello, For right now it is reserved for New York State residents. If you have any questions, please contact us by email:


hello. are you only accepting submisssions from New York? I live in Michigan.


Hello, For right now it is reserved for New York State residents. If you have any questions, please contact us by email:

Zine Alerts

After we've submitted our pieces, when can we hear if we've been selected or not? And when will the zine come out?

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