Skip to Main Content
Douglas College Library About Us Articles & Databases Research Guides Services Faculty News Events Learning Centre

Zines@Douglas: Douglas Zine News & Events

Zines at the Douglas College Library, Zine resources for faculty and distros Zinesters

Broken Pencil 2023 Zine Awards are open

 Update!  Forgot to submit! The Zine Awards submission period has extended!

Until September 30th, midnight, we will continue to take submissions to the Zine Awards 2023. Get those zines in!


Broken Pencil is happy to announce that submissions for the 2023 ZINE awards are now… OPEN!

Between now and September 15th, 2023, enter your zines, comix, leaflets and self-published wonders into the mix. Each zine category (Perzine, Comics, Fanzine, Infozine, Litzine, Artzine and Political Zine) will be reviewed by our panel of guest judges, made up of some the most exciting zinesters, artists and authors in the field.

Winners of each category will take away a cash prize, including the winner of our Zine of the Year award. A ceremony to announce the winners will occur later this year in Toronto and then written up in the following issue of the magazine. Stay tuned for more information about our exciting panel of judges and awards ceremony.

For information about how to enter and the judging process, please check this FAQ page. To enter, fill out our form here.

We Want Your Zines! More Donation information


We are currently collecting Zines that relate to:


  • Canadian, BC + local topics and perspectives
  • Crime + justice
  • Indigenous + BIPOC 
  • Gender + LGBTQ2S
  • Health
  • History + politics
  • Labour + employment
  • DC student perspectives including creative and literary

ZIne Unconference 2023

logo created for the first ZLuC by David Lasky


The 2023 Zine Librarian unConference (ZLuC) will be held in San Francisco!

What: ZLuC is an inspirational, informative, and fun gathering of people who care deeply about zines and their ability to change lives for the better.

Where: the University of San Francisco and San Francisco Public Library (plus field trips hopefully to the East Bay!)

When: Friday August 4 and Saturday August 5, 2023. Additional events (such as tours or zine readings) may be held on Sunday August 6.

Who: Everyone is welcome! The primary audience is workers and volunteers from academic, public, and special libraries, as well as community-oriented independent libraries and archives. If you’re interested in zines in libraries and archives, we’re happy to have you join in the fun.

Why: To share the zine love!

How much: Registration for the conference is free. Stay tuned for more info about registering.

Past Zine Events



spill it: a menstruation research symposium

March 24, 2023 | 1:00-4:00 pm | Aboriginal Gathering Place (S4650) Douglas College New Westminster Campus

This Menstruation Research event is free and open to the public.  The DCLZC (Douglas College Library Zine Collective) hosted a table with related Zines and library resources.  Come visit our table before, during and after the symposium.  If you have created a zine bring it along to donate to the library.  Join the DCLZC if you are interested in hearing about Zine events, new Zines and generally supporting Zines@Douglas.  For more information email

At the symposium, hear from a range of emerging and established researchers aiming to shed light on all things menstruation.  The library has started to collect research created by Douglas Faculty and students.  Want to know more check out the what is happening at Menstruation Research Group site in DOOR (DOuglas Open Repository)


Click here for full symposium event speakers and to register at Eventbrite

ELLA class celebrates International Zine Month @ Douglas

Join our mailing list

Interested in zines? Join our email list so you can keep up-to-date with Zine Events at Douglas College Library.

Email and tell us about yourself and what you would like to hear about.

Feel free to include ideas for future events, feedback on our collection, suggestions for purchase and more. 

Submit your Zine to Broken Pencil for Review

Submit zines and books for review to Broken Pencil

Broken Pencil accepts zines, small press books, comics, videos/films, mail-art, chapbooks and other cool stuff for review. There are no deadlines for mailing in review material to Broken Pencil. Please note that they do not review short stories and poems that aren’t in zine form. They also do not accept submissions for publication by mail. Please check their submittable account for more information.

They encourage submissions by both PDF and print, but will accept either. You can submit a PDF copy of your zine using this Google Form.

To submit through Canada Post, mail your print copy to Broken Pencil, PO Box 203, Station P, Toronto, ON, M5S 2S7 Canada. 

Or, for international submissions, you may use their US address: Broken Pencil c/o Gutter Pop Comics
1421 Hertel Ave, Buffalo, NY 14216, United States.