L.A. Zine Fest applications have closed!

Thank you to everyone who applied. We received about 500 applications this year! All applicants will be notified of their application status on February 28. Until then, we’ll be hard at work clicking your links and reading your apps.

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L.A. Zine Fest 2018 applications are open

Hear ye, hear ye! As of right now, applications to table at L.A. Zine Fest 2018 are open. We will be accepting applications until January 19 at 11:59 p.m. PST.

If this is your first time applying, or you’re looking to strenthen your application, we put together a post with some tips for you.

Application Extension & Table Sharing 

We’re extending the application deadline to table at L.A. Zine Fest 2017 to FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10TH at 11pm. Applying to LAZF is free so if you’ve been thinking about it, you’ve got some extra time.

SHARE TABLE SPACE – APPLY TOGETHER! 

We encourage those who are in a position to team up with other zine makers/collectives/distros to share table space by filling out a tabling application together. Applying as an individual is not discouraged, but sharing table space will allow for more of your zines to be represented at this year’s Fest.

Additional room behind tables to accommodate shared space is a consideration as we create our table layout this year.  Make sure to include each person’s name who applies together on the form and let us know if you have any questions by emailing info@lazinefest.com

Since LAZF was founded, the price of half/full table is determined by what is needed to cover venue costs and table/chair rentals.  We are making steps towards creating more financially accessible table prices for future Fests and are extremely appreciative of members of the zine community who are in dialogue with us to strategize and push us to be proactive about working towards this goal.

L.A. Zine Fest applications are LIVE!

Applications for the 2017 L.A. Zine Fest are here! They’ll stay up and open until Tuesday, February 7 Friday, February 10th at 11:00 p.m (PST).

We put together this post full of tips for people applying (have lots of links to your work!) and this heads-up for potential applicants who have tabled every single year of the Fest or four out of five years.

There is no fee to submit an application.

Applications for the 2017 Fest are now closed – follow us for other ways you can get involved!

Click here to apply to the 2017 L.A. Zine Fest

Having weird issues with the form? Got a question about something related to this application? Email us at info@lazinefest.com

A Note For Repeat Tablers Applying to LAZF 2017

NOTE: The lottery system will NOT be returning in 2018. 

 We’re trying out a new system this year in order to curate a well-rounded representation of returning and first time tablers at the 2017 Fest. – If you’ve tabled at every L.A. Zine Fest or four out of the five years, read on!

One of the most challenging parts of putting together the Fest is curating exhibitors. We receive more applicants who qualify for space (click here to see yesterday’s post regarding application tips) than we have room for, with an increasing number of those people applying to table for the first time.

In order to curate a balance of new and returning zine makers, applicants who qualify for a space and have tabled at L.A. Zine Fest every year or four out of the five years will be entered into a lottery. As always, those who are not offered space at the 2017 event are encouraged to reach out to those with half and full tables to inquire about sharing space.

We encourage repeat tablers who want to participate at L.A. Zine Fest to apply – those who show up year after year are valued members of the growing community! If the lottery is a concern for you, we recommend considering alternative ways you can apply for a table such as; applying as part of a collective or teaming up with other zine makers to submit an application together (for example, two people who have tabled every year applying to share a half table would be considered a first time applicant).

This platform was created to support as many zine makers as we can hold space for.
We want you there!

Lastly, based on the feedback we receive this new system may or may not be something we implement again. If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please email us at info@lazinefest.com!

Save the Date: LAZF 2017!!

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Some great things have been in the works up at zine fest HQ and we are very excited to be able to finally announce a big chunk of information about L.A. Zine Fest 2017!

Due to venue availability and other factors, this year’s Fest will take place a bit later in the year than it usually does.

L.A. Zine Fest 2017 will occur on Sunday, May 28, 2017 from 10 a.m. to  6 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall of the California Market Center, located at 110 E. 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90079.

As always, this year’s Fest will be open to the public, all ages, and free to attend.

The venue sits above several levels of parking (a $9 fee). It’s a few blocks away from the Pershing Square Purple/Red Line station, and close to multiple bus lines and a Metro bike share hub.

We are also happy to have some hard dates for applications to share. LAZF 2017 applications will go live on Monday, January 30, at 8 a.m. (PST) and close on Tuesday, February 7, at 11:59 p.m. (PST). All applicants will be notified of application status by February 28, 2017 on March 1.

More details about discussions, panels, and event exhibitors will follow as the date of the Fest draws closer. We are looking forward to seeing all of you in May!

L.A. Zine Fest 2016 Date Announcement

MARK YOUR CALENDARS

The 5th Annual L.A. ZINE FEST is taking place on SUNDAY MARCH 6TH, 2016. 

This year, LAZF is taking the Fest back to where we first started – historic downtown Los Angeles!

LOCATION: The Majestic located at 650 South Spring St. Los Angeles, CA. 90014.

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APPLICATIONS TO TABLE AT THE FEST WILL BE OPEN FROM
SATURDAY JANUARY 2nd at 9am to SUNDAY JANUARY 10TH at 12pm.

Applicants will be notified regarding the status of their application on Friday January 22nd.

Help us spread the word!

Q: Isn’t L.A. Zine Fest usually on Presidents’ Day Weekend?

A: You may have noticed that L.A. Zine Fest 2016 is taking place a few Sundays after the weekend we have historically held the Fest in the past. Making this choice was a difficult decision! We’ve enjoyed having the event on a holiday weekend that allows for many zinesters (out of town folks and locals alike) to take an additional Monday (President’s Day) off of work to travel/decompress and read through their zine hauls. Before announcing our date, we made note that another local book festival announced that their event will be taking place on Presidents’ Day weekend in 2016.

L.A. Zine Fest is an organization that encourages the participation and attendance of events that provide opportunities for zine makers to showcase their work. Because of that core value of our mission, the decision was made between this years organizers to try and change our Fest to another weekend. We did our very best to make sure we did not select an alternate date that would conflict or compete with another zine event in the area. We hope that this year’s change helps give people the opportunity to take part in everything!

We know that everyone needs and appreciates as much notice as possible to prepare for the Fest and in many cases, make travel arrangements. We are working hard and doing our best to make turnaround times speedy, while ensuring we are able to consider every application. If you have any concerns or questions please write to us via email at info@lazinefest.com. 

Thank you all for the continued support and enthusiasm for what is an incredibly meaningful Fest for to produce, year after year. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday March 6th, 2016!

Sincerely,
Your LAZF 2016 Organizers
(Daisy, Kenzo & Rhea)

Responses to applications are going out now!

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Potential tablers: thank you immensely for your patience with our application process this year. We know basically everything was happening later than it usually does, and we know that many of you have plane tickets to buy. Responses to applications are coming out NOW and will be going out through Wednesday. By Thursday, EVERY applicant should have received a response. Thanks again for your patience, and your support of the Fest.

Thank you for applying!

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Over 350 of you applied for tables at L.A. Zine Fest 2015. You did your work; now we’ve got some to do. We’ll be looking through your apps veeeeery carefully over the coming weeks and we will be responding to everyone as soon as we possibly can. Thanks to everyone who applied, and to those who totally forgot that applications were this week, it’s cool: we hope to see you there, trading your work!

As always, we appreciate everyone’s support of and interest in the Zine Fest, especially this year.