AZF5 Frequently Asked Questions

What is a zine?

A zine (pronounced ZEEN) is most commonly a small circulation, self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier. They are informed by a DIY ethos and profit is not the primary intent of publication. Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text. Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, poetry, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single-topic obsession, or content far outside of the mainstream enough to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. Small circulation zines are often not explicitly copyrighted and there is a strong belief among many zine creators that the material within should be freely distributed.


Where is the fifth annual Atlanta Zine Fest (AZF5)?

AZF5 takes place in Atlanta, GA.


Who hosts AZF5?

Murmur Media, a unique community resource and ephemeral media space in south downtown Atlanta.


Who can come to AZF5 Zinefest?

Everyone! Please bring friends! AZF5 is open to all-ages and the general public. All attendees must comply with our safer space policy.


Is this event free?

Yes! We want everyone to experience zines and zine culture, that’s why we’re committed to doing all that we can to keep this festival free and open to the public. That also means as a non-profit hosted event, we accept donations. If you’d like to make a donation to support this effort, please click here!


How can I present my zine at AZF5?

If you are ok with our safer space policy and want to present your zine(s) at AZF5, click here to complete a submission form.


I don’t have a zine but I am an artist, exhibitor with DIY ephemera, or an individual that wants to join the festivities. How can I get involved?

No problem! We are also accepting submissions for exhibitor tables, workshop facilitators, presentors, and also volunteers. So, there are a lot of ways to get involved. To volunteer complete the form here. If you are interested in presenting a workshop topic, click here. To complete an exhibitor form to display your items or work, click here.


What kinds of workshops are encouraged?

Workshop topics can vary. This year the theme is Reality Schism, and it looks into the alternative realities, communities, and artistic forms of expression we create as a response to the state of the world around us. These forms of expression are seen in social media, printed media, film, visual art, music, local tribes and groups, and much more—and are what we encourage facilitators and presenters to explore in their workshops.

Workshops can be activity based, such as zine-making. We also encourage  demonstrations or facilitated discussions to raise interest and awareness in a specific topic. Each workshop should be 1 hour long, and we encourage facilitators to provide a takeaway to attendees so they can continue to explore the topics on their own.

If you’re interested in facilitating a workshop at AZF5, we have a proposal submission form on the site, here. If you have questions about whether your workshop is a good fit, email us at [email protected].


I have registered for the AZF5. Will I need to bring my own table?

We will provide tables to vendors, as well as zinesters not presenting in the reading room.