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Zine-a-thon Contest
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What is a Science "Zine"?
(pronounced zeen)

Imagine a mini-magaZine you make yourself. Now make it smaller – nope, smaller still! From a single 8 ½ x 11 sheet of paper you can make an 8 page booklet that fits in the palm of your hand. You'll be amazed how much entertaining science can be packed into a zine and shared with the world!






Curious how to participate? Just follow these four simple steps--

1. Choose a topic and theme.

(You can zine about anything in science -- from pigeons to earthquakes to neutrinos -- but we are going to ask you to align it with one of our YoS themes.)


2. Design it!

(Here's a template.)


3. Fold it!

(These instructions make it easy.)



4. Submit it!

(Sorry, this opportunity has passed.)



What is the contest deadline?

All submissions must be postmarked by November 15, 2009.

Click for more tips on creating a great zine and examples on the Small Science Collective Web site.


What might you win?

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Your zines will be read by a panel of scientists, artists, and students from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum of Natural History. There are three entry levels by age: Youth (8-12 years), High-School (13-17), Adult (18 and older) and there are twelve themes … so there will be 36 different awards! Each winner will receive prizes donated by YoS partners and:

  • One top zine contributor will receive a $500 grand prize!
    The grand prize is generously provided by Shodor: A national resource for computational science education
  • Two prize winners will receive a $250 prize each.
    These two awards, sponsored by UnderstandingScience.org, will be given to the zine authors who best reinforce the process of science in their design and text (see Understanding Science.org for ideas and information)

Selected zines will also be highlighted and shared through the Year of Science 2009 website & the Small Science Collective.



Thank you to our awesome Zine-a-thon Contest sponsors!

Shodor Understanding Science









  • American Chemical Society
  • American Institute of Biological Sciences
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • American Society for Photobiology
  • Entomological Foundation
  • Made With Molecules
  • ScienceCheerleader.com
  • The Intersection
  • University of California Press
  • WGBH
  • WhaleTimes, Inc.
Learn more about how you can be a prize contributor!