THREE CREATIVE CATEGORIES
POETRY — CATEGORY SURREAL — PHOTOGRAPHY
Enter 1 or all 3 — Have fun with it!
One Free Entry in each Category
SUBMIT AS MANY ENTRIES AS YOU LIKE
NEW DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2017
$700 in Awards for “EACH” CATEGORY
One GOLD LEVEL — $300 — or comparable GOLD COIN
with MATCHING AWARD TO SCHOOL or CHARITY OF GOLD WINNER!
One SILVER LEVEL — $200 — or comparable SILVER COIN
Two PEARL LEVEL — $100 each — or comparable SILVER COIN
FIRST SUBMISSION IS FREE!
Additional Entries $5.00 each
If you’re currently a TEEN between 13 and 19 anywhere in the world and you’re looking to get your poetry noticed and get paid for your work, submit a poem, 48 lines or shorter, any form, to ZO’s second annual teen poetry exposé.
All poems must be primarily in English.
Please submit your poem online through our Submittable link below.
Think Outside the Box
Create art, fashion, whatever
Take a photo
If you’re currently a TEEN between 13 and 19 anywhere in the world and you’re looking to get noticed and get paid for your work, then submit “a photo” of your “surreal” art, sculpture, fashion, architecture, lego masterpiece :-), painting, pottery, etc., based on our photo muse and concepts of “New World Identity”
Please submit your artwork online through our Submittable link below.
When sending a photo please make sure that the dimensions are in landscape orientation at 1200px (wide) by 900px (height)
Find a great shot
Frame and light it
If you’re currently a TEEN between 13 and 19 anywhere in the world and you’re looking to get noticed and get paid for your work, then submit your best photo to ZO Magazine’s second annual teen photo exposé.
Please submit your photo online through our Submittable link below.
Please make sure that your photo is in landscape orientation at 1200px (wide) by 900px (height)
ADDITIONAL ENTRIES BELOW
Everyone submitting should be between the ages of 13 and 19. (We have been getting questions re School Status. If you are at least 13 and in a Middle School or some other school designation – you are eligible to enter.) Winning submissions will have to show proof of enrollment in school (Whatever school you attend. If you are privately tutored or homeschooled that’s fine just show us your most recent school transcript or test scores, etc. If you have this information readily available, please submit with your entry.)
This is your time. Your wanderlust-artist heart seeks to explode with the need to go and do; to live the experiential life; to let the landscape blur as you speed past to your destination –the goal: to be unfettered, to live infinitely, and to find yourself. School is a pit stop; a place to learn, grow, test boundaries and awaken that part of the self that you keep hidden way back in the cerebral cortex, waiting there like a dormant, new creation. We want you to wake up and begin a path of creative bravery.
Send us your poetry, art, photography . . . We love the pilgrim soul in you, and want to foster the artistic essence that you were born with. Show us what your imagination looks like, invite us into your reality and wow us with your radical dissonance. Follow the guidelines below for entry requirements. ZO Magazine is excited to be a part of your unique journey.
Leah Welch | Poetry Director
Photo: Jeann Young
Magdalena Edwards is a writer, translator, and actor. She is translating Brazilian author Clarice Lispector’s novel The Chandelier from Portuguese into English for New Directions, a project that took her to Yaddo.
CATEGORY SURREAL JUDGE
Mahdi Moinul is an avid and gifted photographer — and is now working on his PhD in Civil Engineering from LSU. He has Civil and Structural Engineering degrees from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology and now works as a Research Scientist at Louisiana Transportation Research Center. He is originally from Chittagong in Bangladesh.
Carolyn Oxley is a poet living in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain Foothills. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she placed third in last year’s U.K. National Poetry Society international poetry competition with her poem, Biracial.
CATEGORY SURREAL JUDGE
Owner/Producer/Director at DuneSea Producion
Jessie is an inspirational rapper based in Los Angeles. She majored in Theatre and Music Industry Studies at the University of Southern California. Inspiring the world through honest and true lyrics is her platform and planting hope in hearts is a personal goal or life.
Simon Phillips is a writer, gardener, and musician living in San Francisco. He earned his MFA in Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2015. Simon works as a writing mentor for the Prison Education Network, facilitates writing workshops out of his living room, and (occasionally) runs a reading series.
CATEGORY SURREAL JUDGE
Shloka Shankar (b. 1989) is a freelance writer, poet, and visual artist from Bangalore, India. She turned to creative writing in her twentieth year, and has happily found her niche in Japanese short-forms and found/remixed poetry alike.
Natalia is a graduate of California State University at Northridge with BA in photojournalism. She has a growing repertoire of “human and beyond” portraiture and has worked as a reporter for Sundial Magazine as she continues to develop her passions and methodology for photography.
This should be a very interesting Expo. ZO has connections in many countries of the world and its always interesting to see the various interpretations that we receive. We count it a plus that we do not all have the same or even similar experiences and it is always enlightening to view other perspectives. We welcome input and submission from every country!
If you know of anyone between the ages of 13 and 19 who is in School (or the equivalent) and who has talent in these areas, please invite them to submit.
We invite you to fully explore the creative offerings presented at ZO — a different kind of Universe to get an idea of who we are. You may gather from our title that we are not a business “as usual” and, hence, most of our outreaches also have a certain unique tilt.
ZO’s creative Expos are designed as expository contributions to our expanding community of artists and authors. As such, the goals are not only to find the creative piece judged best — but also very much to expose the wealth of work that we receive. We have worked hard to provide clear guidelines regarding the Expos and since we are a fairly new creative work, continue to improve, clarify and enhance our communications to accurately and fairly present and evaluate content.
Creative Submission, Evaluation and Selection.
Most of our Expos run for two months. We are finding that this offers more time for consideration and most of us feel that creativity, art, thoughts and life in general could stand to be slowed down a bit and enjoyed much more. During the two month duration, content is assessed and rated by a diverse group of evaluators who compile a blind top tier of finalists to be forwarded to Expo Judges. The Judges for each category then rate the blinded submissions with numerical ratings. Those numerical ratings are then averaged and winners are chosen based on the mathematical calculation.
This Expo will now go through July 15 and we intend to announce winners on August 1. Per our developing tradition, we will formulate a schedule from other top-tiered entries for feature and publication and post that schedule after winners are announced.
We consider our $100 to $300 awards a kind of honorarium for great work. We do not ask for exclusivity to publish the works nor do we need anything other than a photo for art entries. Creators of the works retain their full copyright and we only ask for the courtesy of being able to publish the work in perpetuity (since it came through our suggested muse). Although we may increase awards in the future, the awards are intended as more of a token of our appreciation. For some entering, it may cover no more than a nice dinner with friends, for others it may buy books, (dependent on where you are in the world — pay rent), etc. ZO has a broad array of international viewers and we are mainly hoping to inspire and provide an enjoyable place for creative sharing.
We have found a lot of the entries we receive to be quirky, avant-garde, often excellently precise and other times deliberately abstract — and there are simply only “subjective” rulings for such when weighed together. The very talented international community that we are now reaching, and decisions on winners, have been very close and subject to the broad tastes of our diverse community. That said, we have determined that all of our viewers and the large constituency of artists that we deal with are all eligible to enter any of the Expos. We debated whether we should allow past winners to enter and have, for the moment, decided that “yes” past winners may enter all expos. We believe our diverse constituency of evaluators, along with the blind judging do yield a very fair and mathematically derived winner — so if you win 2 years in a row — congratulations. We have discussed capping the winning possibilities at 3 years in a row; but ZO is not that old yet.
Ineligibility: Those listed on ZO’s Contributors Page — anyone working directly with the Teen Media Expo — Teens who are children or siblings of Judges.
Please direct questions to email@example.com. Take into consideration that we are a small group at present and are unable to entertain general discussions; so please make your questions relative to a specific matter regarding the magazine and this Expo. For all other inquiries, please contact us through our Facebook Page at: ZO Magazine.
We are grateful for Sponsorship of this Expo
Our Original Entry fee was: $5 per entry
. . . with the caveat that those who were unable to pay the fee could email us and the fee would be paid by Artitude
Artitude is now sponsoring all entries!
WINNERS FROM ZO’s 2016 TEEN EXPO
CAN BE FOUND ON OUR MAIN COVERPAGE