WordsFestZine 2021

Welcome to the WordsFest Zine!

Resilience & Recovery: the Wordsfest QuaranZine

2021 Call for Submissions:

Arundati Roy’s widely read “The Pandemic is a Portal,” ends:

"Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next.

We can choose to walk through it, dragging the carcasses of our prejudice and hatred, our avarice, our data banks and dead ideas, our dead rivers and smoky skies behind us. Or we can walk through lightly, with little luggage, ready to imagine another world. And ready to fight for it."

The more than a year and a half since this essay was published has revealed that the pandemic is more of a tunnel than a portal, a long dark corridor that has widened at times, and closed around us at others. We have been walking for a long time, but we are, now, perhaps, as the second fall with Covid-19 turns into winter, beginning to reach its end, and, as we do, we are presented with the choice that Roy has so masterfully articulated: we can choose to continue on as we always have with all of our destructive habits and negative behaviours, or we can embrace the possibility for change contained in every pandemic. As we step out into the post-pandemic world, we can choose to live differently, to work to make this new world a better and a more just one.

The Wordsfest Zine invites submissions of poetry, prose, artwork or hybrid pieces (surprise us!) that explore the pandemic and the possibilities of a post pandemic world, that trace the many paths we have taken to this moment, and reach beyond it, charting new futures and new ways of living, that dare to “break with the past [to] imagine [the] world anew.”

Impress us. Reassure us. Teach us new ways to see the world we inhabit and the future which will soon be our present.

All submissions should be under 500 words and graphic art should be no more than two pages. Submissions are due 19 November 2021.

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Send submissions to: wordsfestzine@gmail.com

"Resilience & Recovery: The WordsFest QuaranZine"


Issue 1


Issue 2


Issue 3


Issue 4: FrankenZine


Issue 5: CuiZine


Issue 6: Possible Utopias: the Wordsfest Eco-Zine


Im-Possible Utopias: The Wordsfest Eco-Zine Supplement