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Zines are "self-published, non-commercial print-work[s] [...] typically produced in small, limited batches" (The Bindery). Inspired by their underground, political, and craftivist history and our favourite zines, we will be publishing biannual issues featuring written and visual work from community members. 

C.I.A.O.'s zines will bring together our collective and creative interpretations on a variety of themes, from herbalism and agriculture, to art and design, and history and immigration. Our second issue is on Folklore.

Call for submissions

C.I.A.O. Zine Issue No. 2

Topic: Folklore


C.I.A.O. invites submissions for our second zine on the theme of Folklore.

Italo Calvino, the nonno of Italian folktales (or of their archiving), called folktales the “examinations of human vicissitudes, a general explanation of life preserved in the slow ripening of rustic conscience; (...) the catalog of the potential destinies of men and women, especially for that stage in life when destiny is formed” (Introduction to Italian Folktales 1956). 


Folklore comprises the stories we tell and have been told. It shapes our consciousness, national and regional identities, and mythologies through ritual, music, gesture, and medicine. Folklore encompasses paths to healing, words of caution, and the archetypes that persist today, for better or for worse. From Silvia Federici to Jung, from schoolyard chants to folk medicine, from “Bella Ciao” to Taylor Swift, we invite you to reflect on concepts of folklore in your communities and lived experiences. 

Note that we accept pieces on all types of folklore, not just Italian!




We accept both non-fiction (reporting, essays, memoir, humor, etc.) and fiction (poetry, prose, short stories) in English, French, and Italian. We are also looking for visual art (illustrations, video in the form of screen captures, photography, comics, etc.). We accept work published elsewhere. We encourage you to interpret this theme as strictly or as broadly as you see fit. 


C.I.A.O. is a non-profit organization and, therefore, unable to provide honoraria at this time. All profits raised from this publication will be donated to a community organization whose values and work we wish to support (to be determined shortly). All work published in the zine is attributed. All contributors will receive a complimentary issue of the zine.


The deadline for submissions is January 30, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.


All images must be 300dpi in .psd format.


All texts must be maximum 1000 words in Word or Google Doc format.


All submissions can be sent to, with "Zine Submission" as a subject line. Please make sure to include your name, pronouns, and a 2-line bio with your submission.

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