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.

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 manages our e-zine, which features selected submissions.

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:

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:

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

Aurtistic Zine is a DSTL Arts publication focused on acceptance and showcasing the diverse talents of autistic individuals as well as their family members. With this zine we hope to provide a platform that highlights the strengths of the autism community. We want to show the individual as a whole person and not just a missing piece to a puzzle.


Submissions to Aurtistic Zine are FREE and open to individuals, ages 6 and up, residing in Southern California. 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 Aurtistic 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

  • Spring Issue: March 1st
  • Fall Issue: September 1st

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


Submission Guidelines

  • Submitting Artists must be ages 6 or older, and reside in Southern California.
  • Youth ages 6–17 years old may submit artwork that is not related to the current theme for our Featured Artists section.
  • Theme-related submissions are accepted by individuals ages 14 and older.
  • Theme-related 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:

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: 

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