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Calling All Writers and Artists: Submit Your Work to Library Zine!

Library Zine!: Voices from Across The New York Public Library is a publication that showcases work from the diverse communities that the Library serves. We call on our patrons to share their distinct and creative voices by submitting poetry, short stories, essays, and original artwork, all aligned with each issue's theme. The next issue's theme: All Are Welcome.

This fits perfectly with the Library’s mission: all are welcome to the library. For the next issue of Library Zine!, 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—create your own interpretation! Make sure to stand out from the crowd and make your title unique to your work.

For all submissions, please follow these guidelines:


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, mailing address, primary phone number, and email.

Manuscripts must be in .doc or .docx format, and/or readable in Google Drive and/or Microsoft Word. They can be written in any language.

  • Poetry should be single-spaced and not exceed 1,000 words.
  • Short stories can be 500-2,500 words and total 2-10 pages, double-spaced.
  • Non-fiction and essays should not exceed 2,500 words, and should total about 10 pages, double-spaced.

Artwork and photography

Physical copies of artwork (e.g. paintings, sculptures) or photos will not be accepted. Instead, photograph 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, please attach a separate Word document with a description of your work and a short anecdote of what inspired it.

Please Note

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

How to Submit Work

The submission deadline is March 1, 2018. Limit five submissions per person.

Please submit your work directly to our email address, After we receive your submission successfully, we will send you a consent form.


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.

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