The Creative Zine was founded as a quarterly e-zine in 2021 focusing on the intersectional elements of language and voice. Through forging creativity by valuing inclusion and the representation of diverse voices, the publication ensures that language is both heard and read.
“The People's Linguistic Survey of India has found that while Punjabi is flourishing, 10 nonscheduled languages, in which Punjabi — a regional language of the state of Punjab in India — traces its roots, are dying. These include Bauria, Bazigari, Bhand, Dhaha, Gojri, Lahanda, Lubana, Odi, Rai Sikhi and Sansi.” — The Times of India, April 2015
Punjab has one of the lowest literacy rates in India. It is encountering a virtual absence of a literary platform. Because the roots of the Punjabi language are dying, we initially made The Creative Zine a space for creators of that demographic to share their voices on things that matter most to them. Eventually, we started receiving submissions from creators of all ages and backgrounds from all over the world, so our scope diversified. We continue to welcome submissions from creators based anywhere around the world.
We are a journal of creativity. We want your language, your voice. Though we do not follow an "aesthetic" of the kind of work we publish, we're always looking forward to reading new perspectives, literary forms and narrative structures. We love experimentation and what the written word is capable of doing.
WHOM DO WE PUBLISH?
Anyone from anywhere.
WHEN DO WE PUBLISH?
Four times a year!
HOW DO WE PUBLISH?
We're entirely online! We hope to publish in print soon. (More on that later.)
DO YOU CHARGE A READING FEE?
Submissions to The Creative Zine are free and will always be.
WHAT DO WE PUBLISH?
Your voice and everything it stands for!
WHY DO WE PUBLISH?
We want to publish your work to ensure that your voice matters. We stand for inclusion and representation.
DO WE PAY OUR CONTRIBUTORS?
At this time, we are unable to compensate. But we hope to do so in the future!
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