SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

All submissions remain creator-owned and we understand that you, the individual, are allowing us, Constellations Zine, to publish your work as a one time printing unless otherwise discussed.

PRINTING GUIDELINES

  • Final print size is 5.5"x8.5" (any images not proportional to this dimension will be cropped).
  • Include at least .25" bleed. What is a bleed? Check out our FAQ below.
  • Color and set files with CMYK color mode. Using RGB may cause greater color variation during output.
  • Files must be at least 200dpi.
  • Preferred file types include: PDF, TIFF, PNG, JPEG
  • Remember to proof your image before submitting! If there are any typos, Constellations will not be held responsible.
  • If you are not using our Google Form to submit, include information for your Full Name (required), Email, and a listed Social Media featuring your work if you choose to include it. 

WRITTEN GUIDELINES

  • Proof read! Proof read! Proof read! Double check all of your written work before submitting to the zine. This will cut down on the extra time it may take before accepting your submission.
  • Limit count to no more than 800-1,100 words. Due to limited space, we must be strict on word count unless otherwise advised by a team member.
  • Preferred file types include: PDF, DOC, DOCX
  • If you are not using our Google Form to submit, include information for your Full Name (required), Email, and a listed Social Media featuring your work if you choose to include it.

FAQ

Bleed - A bleed is added extra space around the perimeter of your layout that extends past the edge of the page(s). You should always include a bleed if any elements (e.g. images, colored backgrounds) on your layout will cross the edge of the page (the trim edge). Once the layout is printed and trimmed, a bleed will minimise the visibility of any slight errors in trimming.

CMYK vs RGB - CMYK refers to the four inks that are used in four-color printing, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black). Each color in your print design will be created through a combination of these four inks. Whatever you do, don’t set your print documents in an RGB color mode (or be sure to export the final print-ready file as CMYK, if you’ve been working in an RGB file). RGB (which is rendered through interaction of Red, Green and Blue light) is only suitable for layouts that will be viewed online or in digital format on screen.

DPI - Dots per Inch.  DPI describes the resolution number of dots per inch that make up the colors and tones of an image. Low-resolution images produce blurry, pixelated print results. High-resolution graphics, by contrast, will look sharp and crystal clear when you go to press. Bitmap graphics (e.g. JPEG, TIFF, PNG) are made up of a number of tiny pixels. When you resize a bitmap graphic, and resave it, some of the quality of the original image can be lost, resulting in a more pixelated image.

PROOF READ - Double check your work for any errors or mistakes. Constellations will not be held responsible. If you believe that you submitted a work with an error contact ConstellationsGSO@gmail.com as soon as possible.

WORD COUNT -  Due to limited space, we must be strict on word count unless otherwise advised by a team member. If you have a work that is longer than the advised word count, contact a team member at ConstellationsGSO@gmail.com, we may choose to share your piece online.