Zine Donation Form

Got a queer zine you want to donate to us?  Please fill out the form below, and include as much info as you can.  This will help us to better catalog the zines and make it so that your zine can be found by others.

After you've filled out the form, please print a copy of the output (which will also be emailed to you) and include it with the zine.  Donations can be sent to:

  • QZAP
  • 2935 N. Fratney St.
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • 53212
  • USA


If you have a larger collection of zines(+15), please contact us!  We're happy to take on whole queer zine collections, but will want to set something special with you.

Zine Donation Form


Collection Policy

This started off as our zine and queer zine FAQ.  For now it will stand as our informal collection policy.


Zine and Queer Zines FAQ


Q: What IS a zine, anyway?

A: A zine (pronounced "zeen," rhymes with "bean", no apostrophe) is a self-published, small circulation, non-commercial booklet or magazine, usually produced by one person or a few individuals. Zines are publications done for the love of doing them, not to make a profit or a living. Most zines are photocopied, but their production can range from handwritten or handmade booklets to offset-printed magazine-like publications (but with a print run of hundreds or a few thousand instead of hundreds of thousands).

Zines come in all shapes, sizes, topics, and formats. They can include personal essays, political discussions, fiction, craft or do-it-yourself advice, articles about music or movies, comics, reviews — anything under the sun, really. In a zine, you might find typos, misspelled words, improper grammar, and brilliant or radical or just plain honest ideas that simply aren’t allowed in Time, Newsweek, or People magazine.

Zines, underground press, small press, alternative press … these are just a few of the names for publications that are not produced by a corporation with an eye to the bottom line, but by ordinary people who want to make their voices heard. The underground press is written by street punks and lawyers and stay-at-home moms, and covers topics from politics to fiction to personal observation. At its best, it offers insight into the real lives of the 95% of us who don’t look like the people on TV.
(From: http://www.undergroundpress.org/faq/#whatarezines)

Jenna Freedman has written an article titled "Zines Are Not Blogs" where she states:
Definitions of the word "zine" vary tremendously, but they do tend to have these common characteristics:

1. Self-published and the publisher doesn't answer to anyone
2. Small, self-distributed print run
3. Motivated by desire to express oneself rather than to make money
4. Outside the mainstream
5. Low budget

For the sake of this discussion, I will add:

1. No need for any special equipment or knowledge
2. Portable*
3. An expression of Do It Yourself (DIY) culture
4. Foster a community among their creators and readers

* QZAP note: hand-to-hand distribution

Click here to read the whole article at the Barnard Library Zine Collection website.


Q: SO, if that's a zine, what's a Queer Zine?

A: At QZAP we've taken a broad view of what makes a zine "queer." For our purposes, if the content of the zine is queer then the zine is queer. Additionally, if the creator identifies as queer, then the zine is also queer.


3) Q: Well then how would you define "queer"?

A: Queer is all about people's expression of gender and sexuality. This is not exclusive by any means, but people who are queer (or ID as queer) may use descriptors like: queer, kweer, gay, lesbian, bi, bisexual, fag, faggot, dyke, trans, tranny, queen, king, princess, Nancy boy, Brucey Boy, nelly, femme, butch, bulldagger, bulldyke, polyamorous, pansexual, omnisexual, asexual, homo, Saphist, faerie, and of course Friend of Dorothy.


Q: Ok, that's people... what about queer content?

A: Queer content can be literally anything created by folks who identify as above. That said, the most common content you'll find on QZAP is usually about the following:


  • sex
  • same-gender sex
  • same-gender love
  • same-gender attraction/desire
  • gender
  • transgender issues
  • bisexuality
  • sexual health
  • STI's (STDs)
  • Safer sex
  • music
  • popular culture
  • feminism
  • activism
  • politics
  • racism
  • classism
  • fat phobia
  • ageism
  • traveling
  • anti-assimilationism
  • art
  • DIY (do-it-yourself)
  • comics/comix
  • erotica/porn
  • journaling/diary zines
  • manifestos
  • poetry



Q: So other than QZAP, where can I find zines and queer zines?

A: Zines can be found in lots of places. One of the main distribution channels is hand-to-hand. A zinester will make a zine and give it to a friend, who will pass it on to another friend, and so on. In addition to that, zines can be found or purchased through the following:
Independent bookstores
Music stores and record shops
Local music shows or other performances and venues
Pen-pals (similar to hand-to-hand)
Online zine distros
Zine festivals and zine fairs
Radical and art events
Libraries (Public, Institutional, and Zine Libraries)

Please note: this FAQ is ongoing and will be updated regularly
(last update: 1/13/2015)


Fair Use Info

QZAP subscribes to the belief that what we do as archivists constitutes "Fair Use" under the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. § 107:

Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 106 and 106A, the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include—


       1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
       2. the nature of the copyrighted work;
       3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and
       4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.


The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Because of the nature of zines, many of the materials are presented to the public as Anti-Copyright, Copy-Left, freely duplicatable, or more recently in the Creative Commons.  Often zines are donated to us with the express purpose of digitization and reproduction.  When we come across material that we believe fits into our archive we also perform due diligence as best we can in terms of contacting original authors and creators to ask permission to include their work in our archive.  If you come across your work on the QZAP website and would like it to be removed, please contact us.

For more info on Fair Use please see:

"Tales From The Public Domain: Bound By Law" from the Duke University Center for the study of the Public Domain.


the Wikipedia entry for Fair Use: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fair_use

About QZAP

The Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) was first launched in November 2003 in an effort to preserve queer zines and make them available to other queers, researchers, historians, punks, and anyone else who has an interest DIY publishing and underground queer communities.

Our mission statement has been consistent over the past nine years:

"The mission of the Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP) is to establish a "living history" archive of past and present queer zines and to encourage current and emerging zine publishers to continue to create. In curating such a unique aspect of culture, we value a collectivist approach that respects the diversity of experiences that fall under the heading "queer."

The primary function of QZAP is to provide a free on-line searchable database of the collection with links allowing users to download electronic copies of zines. By providing access to the historical canon of queer zines we hope to make them more accessible to diverse communities and reach wider audiences."

When we first started we had a bunch of ideas, an old Pentium III in a closet in our house running OpenBSD, and about three hundred individual documents that we wanted to archive. At the time we initially put the site online, there were about fifteen zines in the archive and three people working on the project.

Over the past nine years we've progressed from our initial server side software package OpenBSD to Gentoo Linux, from there we transitioned to Fedora Core and now, currently we're running on Debian Linux. Our server has moved from the house, to a closet in a cyber café, and now lives in a real data center. From the initial fifteen zines online, we currently have almost five hundred, ranging from single page flyers to a one hundred twenty eight page zine. The number of zines we have to scan has also grown significantly, now numbering over 1,300.

As we've grown, we've had a number of people help us and work on the project in various ways. Folks have donated zines in the ones, twos, and hundreds. We've had many an evening of eating vegetarian food and scanning zines, editing PHP and HTML, printing and cutting postcards and stickers, and stapling zines made by our amazing "interns."

Currently there are six people who are very active with the project, and many more who are thanked for their continued support in various ways.