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Call out at a glance:

  • Zine theme: your experiences of being early career artists!
  • A piece of artwork sized A5 or landscape A4 if double spread (a max of 2 pages per artist). It can be new or existing artwork
  • Your piece can be poetry, illustration, essay, audio, photography, collage and more! (see expanded list below)
  • A £50 fee per submission if selected
  • You must be part of the Metal New Artist Network to submit (joining takes 5 minutes here:  
  • Closing date for submissions: 5pm Monday 4 April 
  • Checkout the application form here (make sure to read the full info below before applying)

This summer, Metal will publish a zine filled with experiences of being an early career artist. The zine will showcase the work of artists within the network, as well as sharing some advice, motivation and/or provocations about the reality of starting out in an arts career.

It will comprise up to 10 submissions from artists within the network, selected following an open call to members. Artists will submit their proposed piece and will be paid a £50 fee for inclusion.

What the zine is about:

The zine will be a collection of works submitted by artists as part of the Metal New Artist Network, curated by artist and Network member Arden Fitzroy. The theme for the zine is around the barriers and struggles of being an early career artist. We are looking for work that explores the experiences of being an early career artist, sharing advice, motivations and/or provocations about starting a career in the arts.  We’d love to create a space that fosters community amongst early career artists, a space that helps you feel less alone when things are difficult and the hustle feels endless. It’s absolutely not just you, things can be wild out there! At the same time we’d like this to be a celebration of the Network’s talent.

For us, the term ‘early career artist’ is self-defined—if you think this is you, then it is. Whether you have recently graduated from university / college, or have gotten into the arts later in life.

For the avoidance of all doubt, there is no age boundary on this.

The zine will be published online as a pdf, which will sit on the Metal website. There will also be a limited print run of the zine that will be distributed to artists, organisations across the UK. 

What do we mean by artwork? 

We recognise that the Network has a huge range of art practices and skills, and want to reflect that through this zine. Artworks could be, but no means limited to: 

Illustrations (hand drawn or digital), photography, writing and essays (size 12 font minimum), poetry, prose, reviews, scripts, collages, videos (no longer than 5 minutes), audio pieces (no longer than 5 minutes), spoken word, comics, photographs of 3D work, prints, or a combination of all of the above! 

The zine will be physically printed (limited print run) as well as existing online so think about how your work could translate into print as well as online. For example, a video might be represented by a series of stills around a QR code in the print version, and an audio piece could be represented by a mood board. The possibilities are limitless.

If you’re unsure if your artwork fits, then feel free to get in touch with your nearest Metal site here

All artwork must be in A5, or can fit onto A4 landscape for a double page spread. Each artist will get a maximum of 2 pages for their work.  

Detailed Artists Tech Spec: 

Your contribution can be anything from, text, drawing, photograph, collage etc. We will need it in the following format, size and quality: 

  • File types excepted JPEG, TIFF OR PDF
  • Min file size 300dpi (for good print quality)
  • If you are to submit text this is to be no more than 2 sides of A5 at min. size 12 font.
  • Minimum size e.g 148mm by 210mm,—if the artwork is smaller when it’s re-sized it will look blurred and pixelated.
  • If providing artwork for a double page spread, think about what might fall in the fold of the zine (the gutter) as some of the image or text may get lost, or alternatively you might like to get creative and play with this element!
  • Photos and scans of the work don’t have to be professional or high quality at this stage, it’s just to get an idea for what the work could or might look like. If accepted, Metal can provide support with taking high quality scans and images.


  • Wednesday 2 March: Callout for submissions
  • Monday 4 April: Closing date for submissions
  • Throughout April: Zine in production
  • End of May: Zine available 

What’s in it for you? 

Each successful submission will receive:

  • A £50 submission fee 
  • Have your artwork showcased in the zine, which will be available on the Metal website and in print
  • Artwork may be selected for the zine front cover
  • Print copies of the zine to give away / to distribute across your city or networks
  • Take part in an online launch of the zine in May, talking about your work and artistic career so far 
  • Connect with other early career artists from across the UK 

How do I apply? 

We welcome submissions from diverse and marginalised communities, and are particularly keen to receive submissions from a range of geographical locations as this best represents the network itself. 

To apply to be one of the 10 commissions for the zine you will need a google account (if you don’t have one please send an email submission directly to

Fill in our short Google form which will ask you:

  • Submit a photograph, scan or digital document of the work. The work submitted can be new or existing. Indicate how you would like it presented e.g. single portrait page or double page landscape (single page landscape is possible but you may want to consider how this will appear on the page e.g. viewer turning the book)
  • If you would prefer to submit a video or audio application please send your application and artwork directly to Video  / audio applications must be no longer than 3 minutes. 
  • A short description of the work 250 words (max) (include things like how you made it and how the content relates to the theme)
  • Title of the piece if you have one and how you would like to be credited (name or photography credits) 
  • Short artist bio which may be included in the zine (max 50 words)
  • Links to any previous work, website or Instagram

If you have any questions or queries then please feel free to contact or contact your nearest Metal site. 

MNAN Zine (working title) Submission Call Out!