4th Annual Historical Zine Contest – Make Washington History Come Alive!

Do you like History? Do you enjoy making Zines or want to learn how? Now's your chance! The 4th Annual Zine Contest begins September 15, 2018. All you need is a Washington History topic, some resources and your imagination.

The contest, which is sponsored by the Washington State Library, Washington State Archives and Timberland Regional Library, runs through February 15, 2019. The contest is open to 4th graders through adults of all ages who are Washington residents.

Entries will be accepted from September 15, 2018 - February 15, 2019. See the Zine Contest Flyer and entry form for more information.

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)



Grades 4-6

Hanford : The complex legacy left behind , Mia Widrow, Grade 5 (Olympia)


Answering Columbia's Call : Seattle's War Relief Bazaar of 1917 , Lisa Oberg (Shoreline)


Contest Flyer and Entry Form

Questions? See the Zine Contest FAQ