CALL FOR WRITING/ART— KOSHKA ZINE #4: “THE MIDWEST ISSUE”
DUE JUNE 30th TO: koshkazine[at]gmail[dot]com
It’s time for yet another Koshka call! This time things are extra special because I have been asked by the very amazing Temporary Services to produce an issue for their project “Publishing Clearing House”, which will be part of an exhibition at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago entitled “A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action”, curated by Mary Jane Jacob and Kate Zeller.
Issue #4 is themed “The Midwest Issue”, as the projects in the exhibition are focused on the locality in Chicago and the Midwest, which is great for Koshka as the Midwestern US is a hotbed of Eastern European action! For this issue we are seeking art and ESPECIALLY writing that explores both Eastern European culture (choose to interpret “Eastern Europe” as you will) and either Chicago specifically or the Midwest.
Please note that because the length of the issue is restricted by the exhibition’s requirements, that it is not guaranteed your work will be chosen. Writing will be getting special precedence this issue, as the last few issues have been heavily art-based. Works with the most interesting connections to the theme will more likely be chosen.
+ Maximum word count roughly 1500 words
+ NO POETRY OR FICTION, please.
+ Essays, interviews, history, personal narratives, reviews, rants, dissections, criticisms, and all other forms of creative nonfiction are acceptable.
+ Koshka is published (primarily) in English. However, I realize there is a language barrier. Please write me first if you are interested in publishing a bi-lingual piece—I would be willing to seek translators if needed!
+ It should go without saying that we do not print anything that is explicitly hateful of any nation, race, religion, ethnic group, gender, or any other marginalized group. Please don’t send any of that. However you may criticize things like a political regime or political figure.
+ You may provide any of your own photographs or illustrations for your article if you’d like (see visual file requirements below).
+ Please send grayscale (sorry, still too un-funded for color!) files that are 300dpi, 5.5 x 8.5 inches
+ Photography, drawings, comics, etc. accepted—however, preference is for visual work that ties around the issue’s theme and feels like a solid series of work, not just sketches.
+ If you are sending non-narrative visual work, please provide a statement about your work so it is clear as the submissions are reviewed. It may or may not be printed, but I’ll let you know.
Feel free to email if you have any questions or want to work out an idea. I’d be happy to help you!
The final issue will be exhibited from September 12-December 20, 2014 at the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago. You will receive credit for your contribution in the exhibition—i.e. “Koshka Zine #4, editor Kaitlin Kostus, with [your name here!]”—so this is something you can add to your writing or art resume. I will receive a smaller quantity of issues for my use than I usually print, as some will go to the exhibition and some to Temporary Services, but each contributor will get a copy or two of the issue when it is completed. As Koshka zine is a zero-income entity, you unfortunately cannot be paid for your contribution.
Selected contributors will be notified a week after June 30th.
Thanks! I look forward to your contributions!
[photo caption: Lithuanian Folk Dancers on a Milwaukee Television show, 1950’s. Courtesy of the blog Amber Reunion]