What is DSTL Arts?

DSTL Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit arts mentorship organization that inspires, teaches, and hires emerging artists from underserved communities.

Based in Los Angeles, CA, we achieve our mission through multiple programs and services that inspire people of all ages in our community, and we empower them to be the artists they know themselves to be.

The acronym in our name stands for Develop Skills and Transcend Limits, which we believe can be done through the Arts. Our vision is to replace the idea of the starving artist, with the reality of the working artist in the minds of all our program participants.

Elevating voices to empower our community–that is the goal of our Creative Impact artist-led workshops and anthologies provided to the general public.

Teaching Artist Interns from our Poet/Artist Development Program collaborate with DSTL Arts staff to develop workshop topics related to social justice, community development, and the overall well-being of our local communities, and offer instruction in tools for creative expression that can be used to address those same issues.

Annually, these workshops culminate in the release and public reading of a community-generated anthology of poetry, art, and more, further celebrating the unique voices of our diverse community members.

Workshop attendance is not required for submission to our community-generated anthologies, however, it is highly recommended and made available through hybrid (in-person and virtual) offerings.

Upcoming Creative Impact Workshop sessions can be found on our Workshop and Events Calendar.

Current Creative Impact Theme:

"Community Bridges: A Reflection on Civil Rights"

We seek visual art, stories, poetry, photography, and comics that reflect on the impact of the Civil Rights era; the various art movements led by people of color that emerged from that time period; and their collective impact on our community today.

If you need inspiration, refer to the handouts and recordings of our artist-led workshops specifically related to our current theme here.


Submission period: March 17, 2022–August 31, 2022
Expected Publication Date: October 1, 2022

Submissions accepted online, and must follow our guidelines.

Submission Guidelines
Submitting Artists must reside in Los Angeles County.
All submissions must be theme-appropriate.
Submissions that do not fit under the current theme will not be considered for publication.


Creative Writing Submissions:
All creative writing submissions must be typed, 12pt., Times New Roman font, or similar, and must include title and author’s name as you wish it to appear in the zine.

Creative writing submissions must be uploaded in either .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.

Poetry:

  • All types, forms, and styles accepted (ex. haiku, sonnet, free-form, etc.)
  • Up to two (2) poems, not to exceed five (5) pages total
  • Poetry submissions must be formatted as you would want them to appear in the zine. (Note: the font will be changed, but your line breaks, indentations, etc. will be preserved as much as possible)

Flash Fiction/Short Stories/Creative Nonfiction:

  • 500 words or less
  • Single-spaced
  • Up to two (2) works of prose per person
  • Ensure all spelling, grammar, formatting, etc. is complete and finalized. No edits shall be made after submission.



Visual Art Submissions:
All visual art must be submitted as:

  • .JPG or .PNG format at 300dpi resolution
  • All artwork must be converted to CMYK color space.


Comics:

  • 8” x 10” margins, portrait orientation. Anything outside 8” x 10” margin will be cropped out, so keep important elements within those margins.
  • Four (4) pages per comic, maximum
  • Artists may submit up to two (2), 4pg. comics (8 pages total of illustrated work)

Illustrations:

  • 8”x 10” margins
  • .JPG or .PNG format, 300dpi
  • Artists may submit up to two (2) illustrations

Photography:

  • 8”x 10” format
  • .JPG or .PNG format, 300dpi
  • Artists may submit up to two (2) photographs

Art Block Zine is a DSTL Arts publication featuring emerging artists residing in Los Angeles County. Our Art Block Zine–Editorial Board produces our biannual print-zine anthology, and also co-hosts The DSTL Arts-cast, a podcast featuring interviews with emerging artists from Los Angeles and beyond.

Submissions to Art Block Zine are FREE and open to individuals, ages 16 and up, residing in Los Angeles County. Please read the following submission guidelines before submitting your artwork for consideration. Submissions that do not follow our guidelines will not be considered for publication.

Artists whose work is accepted for publication will receive one (1) FREE contributor's copy of the upcoming issue of Art Block Zine. We will contact you should your work be accepted for publication within three (3) weeks after our current deadline.


Submission period: Open Year-Round!

Publication Deadlines

  • Winter Issue: November 1st
  • Summer Issue: May 1st

Submissions accepted online and in-person at our workshops, and must follow our guidelines.


Submission Guidelines

Submitting Artists must reside in Los Angeles County.

All submissions must be theme-appropriate.

Submissions that do not fit under the current theme will not be considered for publication.


Creative Writing Submissions:

All creative writing submissions must be typed, 12pt., Times New Roman font, or similar, and must include title and author’s name as you wish it to appear in the zine.

Creative writing submissions must be uploaded in either .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.

Submissions must be written primarily in English and/or Spanish. Other languages welcome within your text, but the overall written work must be primarily English or Spanish.

Poetry:

  • All types, forms, and styles accepted (ex. haiku, sonnet, free-form, etc.)
  • Up to two (2) poems, not to exceed five (5) pages total
  • Poetry submissions must be formatted as you would want them to appear in the zine. (Note: the font will be changed, but your line breaks, indentations, etc. will be preserved as much as possible)

Flash Fiction/Short Stories/Creative Nonfiction:

  • 500 words or less
  • Single-spaced
  • Up to two (2) works of prose per person
  • Ensure all spelling, grammar, formatting, etc. is complete and finalized. No edits shall be made after submission.


Visual Art Submissions (including Mixed Media and Ceramics):

All visual art must be submitted as:

  • .JPG or .PNG format at 300dpi resolution
  • All artwork must be converted to CMYK color space.

Comics:

  • 8.5” x 11” margins, portrait orientation. Anything outside 8.5” x 11” margin will be cropped out, so keep important elements within those margins.
  • Four (4) pages per comic, maximum
  • Artists may submit up to two (2), 4pg. comics (8 pages total of illustrated work)

Illustrations:

  • 8.5”x 11” margins
  • .JPG or .PNG format, 300dpi
  • Artists may submit up to two (2) illustrations

Photography (including Mixed Media and Ceramics):

  • 8.5”x 11” format
  • .JPG or .PNG format, 300dpi
  • Artists may submit up to two (2) photographs
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