Honoring academic achievement that transcends traditional boundaries while bringing knowledge and understanding to wider audiences through the medium of zines.
Zines are independently published mini-magazines, often about a single topic. An excellent, fun, and inspiring introduction to them is Gear Up & Draw!, a zine about zines by Prof. Kevin McCloskey. It’s one of many works that you can read online, or on paper by visiting the Zine Library that faces the café on Rohrbach Library’s Main Floor.
Typically zines convey their creators’ passions and expertise using text and/or graphics, original and/or appropriated content, clean simple layouts and/or elaborate jumbled collage. As a rule, clearly there are no rules that govern how zines look. However: To qualify for this award, zines must reflect collaboration between current KU students who, among them, are pursuing degrees in at least two different academic disciplines.
Because it's not always the case that a zine includes biographical details about (or even the names of) its creators, entrants are expected to submit a cover letter.
Zines will be judged by a multidisciplinary panel that includes no fewer than
Dimensions, pagination, binding, use of color or lack thereof—all of these are entirely at the creators’ discretion. Nonetheless, entries should reflect choices that make sense for budget-conscious print publications normally intended for widespread distribution by mail and for ongoing perusal in public spaces. To qualify, your zine must be
Though supplementary appurtenances such as stickers, disks, and other loose items are welcome when they serve to enhance the content of the zine, creators should consider the practicality and usefulness of any add-ons. The free printing portion of the award may not apply to reproduction of such accoutrements. And while judges give full consideration to that portion of a zine’s content that meets the two criteria above, we cannot guarantee they will be able to thoroughly assess any extra material.
This year's deadline has passed. Entrants were asked to submit two printed copies of the entire zine and, if a digital version exists, submit the file or a link to same to email@example.com Entrants were also asked to include a printed cover letter containing, at minimum:
All entries will be considered for addition to the Rohrbach Zine Library’s physical and online collections (if you do not want your work to be accessible on the web, say so in your cover letter). Creators of the top three entries will receive 20 high-quality copies of their zines. The grand prize of $500 will go to the creators of the zine judged best by the panel.
Winners will be notified, and announced to the campus community, during Finals Week no later than May 13, 2017.
We welcome your questions! We at the library encourage you to seek feedback on design and writing as well as help with research. Feel free to email questions at any time to firstname.lastname@example.org or to call Bruce Jensen (librarian) at 610-683-4766.
Zines are now in the hands of the judges
Watch this space, Bear Essentials, or the Daily Brief for their decision!