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.


  • 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.


  • 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)


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


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