Lovers of history and low tech self-publishing rejoice! The Washington State Library has the contest for you. They are hosting the 2nd Annual Historical Zine Contest along with their co-sponsors Washington State Archives and the Timberland Regional Library. To enter you simply create a zine about some aspect of Washington State History. See their official entry form for details. 

What is a zine, you ask? They are pamphlet-style booklets from an era when clip art involved actually clipping images out with scissors and pasting them down. Put simply, a zine is a self-published, self-distributed magazine or fanzine typically produced using a photocopier and bound with staples. Before blogs and vlogs, zines were a way for people to share their interest in a particular topic, DIY skills or passion for music and bands. 

If you are stuck for topics to explore, drop into any branch of the library to browse our state and local history collections, but especially the Northwest History Reference Collection at the Sylvan Way Branch. Also worth visiting for topic ideas are the many local history museums around the county such as the Kitsap History Museum in Bremerton, the Bainbridge Island Historical Museum,  Port Gamble Historic Museum,  the Poulsbo Historical Society, the Sidney Museum in Port Orchard,  the Suquamish Museum, and the Puget Sound Naval Museum in Bremerton. 

If you're not quite sure how to get started making a zine, check out the video linked from the Washington State Library contest page or these books: 

Make a Zine by Bill Brent


Whatcha Mean, What's a Zine? by Mark Todd and Esther Watson 


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