3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest – Make Washington History Come Alive!

Congratulations to the winners of the 3rd Annual Historical Zine Contest!

Mia Widrow, Grade 5 - Hanford : The complex legacy left behind

Lisa Oberg, Adult - Answering Columbia's Call : Seattle's War Relief Bazaar of 1917

Both Mia and Lisa received a $75 prize and their Zines will be added to the Washington State Library Manuscript collection.

What is a Zine?

Zines (pronounced “zeen”, like “bean”) are self-published – often via a photocopier – magazines with limited print runs. They can be on any topic or many, are usually written by one person or a few individuals, and typically provide an individualistic or alternative point of view. (adapted from “Stolen Sharpie Revolution” by Alex Wrekk)

Entries will be accepted from four age groups:

  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-9
  • Grades 10-12
  • Adults of all ages

One winner will be chosen from each category and awarded $75!

Where can you find materials for your creation?

Check out the Washington State Digital Collections history resources online or visit the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives, or Timberland Libraries to find fantastic material for your creation.

Don’t know how to make a Zine?

Watch the video, How to Make a Zine, on Vimeo. This video shows you one of the many ways to make a zine.

Past Winners


Glore & Wunder : Adventures and Amusements in Washington State History by Susanna Gowing (Adult Category)


Grades 4-6

The Grand Coulee Dam, Anna Riley, 4th grade (Bainbridge Island)


Grades 7-9

Women's Rights & Wonder Women from Washington's Past, Janisa Cook, 7th grade (Bothell)


Grades 10-12

Pike Place Market, Adrian Poslednik, 12th Grade (Steilacoom)



721 Seventeenth Avenue : A Love (Hi)Story, Amanda Demeter (Seattle)


Entries will be accepted from September 1 - December 15, 2017. See the Zine Contest Flyer and entry form for more information.

Contest Flyer and Entry Form

Questions? See the Zine Contest FAQ