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Deadline Extended: Buzz-Zine Call for Things

HIVES is glad to announce that we are moving forward with our creation of a second volume of the Buzz-Zine!

HIVES 2021-22 CFT: Call for Things (Art, Poetry, Prose, You Tell Us!)

Submissions due February 10th for print and digital release Spring 2022 (tentative).
Submit your art, poetry, audio, short fiction, commentary, and/or hybrid creative media via email at behivesbuzz@gmail.com. HIVES is interested in all forms of multimodal, multimedia submission-Things.
The HIVES Research Workshop and Speaker Series on disability, race, and performance is creating the second issue of the digital & print Buzz-Zine! We welcome submissions that reimagine practices of community and kinship and think through the ways forces of globalization and coloniality interact with disability, race, and performance. In this Call for Things, we take up Jina B. Kim’s insistence from “Toward a Crip-of-Color Critique” “to recognize disablement and racism as inextricably entangled, and to enact intellectual practices… that honor disabled embodiment and history.” In this practice, we seek submissions that resist, reimagine, and re-shape conversations on race, disability, and their overlaps through performance or through practices of refusal. In Black Madness::Mad Blackness, Therí A. Pickens notes how “disability functions as a social structure that by virtue of ableist reliance on pity and sympathy determines who gets to belong to the category of disabled and whose experience of illness can be validated in the public sphere” (Pickens 9). This Call for Things seeks works that theorize and practice forms of revolt against social structures that hierarchize disability. Following Kim and Pickens, the Buzz-Zine hopes to share how artists, activists, and scholars take up crip methodologies as necessary practices of remaking. These themes should serve as a jumping/limping-off point for art, poetry, audio, short fiction, commentary, and/or hybrid creative media rather than as restrictions.
In the interest of building the HIVES community, we are seeking contributions for a short run (100 issues) paper-print zine that will also be made available via .pdf on the HIVES website. While we do not have a tremendous budget, we will be able to pay $25 for each of the pieces selected for publication. Submissions may be previously published (if so, please provide us with the necessary information to cite where). When submitting, include a brief biographical statement (1-2 sentences) that will accompany the work.
Historically, zines have been a cheap format to spread ideas and community. Early zines were a way for fans of science fiction to rank favorite stories, to propagate fan theories, and to form social groups; however, they sometimes served gatekeeping functions and limited participation in sf communities, upholding some (white, male) voices and erasing others. In the decades since, zines have been used to make space for people whose ideas and voices have been suppressed within their subcultures (e.g. Riot Grrrl zines that pushed back against the “male-driven punk world of the past”). Buzz-Zine seeks to make space for scholarship/poetics/art that challenge notions of the boundaries and definitions of each of these genres while reimagining accessibility and community.
Through submission of creative works you are agreeing to grant HIVES all necessary rights and permission as the sole author to publish your work in the zine. If selected, the zine will be made publishable through short-run paper format and also as PDF on behives.org. All rights revert back to the author after publication.
Notes on formatting: Art contributions should be formatted for printing on a 5.5 X 8.5 in (140 x 216 mm) sheet, with a 3mm bleed and 8mm margins left and right. Please submit images as .png or .jpg files with as high of quality as possible. Poems should be up to 21 lines (1 page) or less than 44 lines (2 pages). Short fiction and commentary should be approximately 500 words or less. If you have any formatting and/or submission questions, please reach out to HIVES via behivesbuzz@gmail.com.

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