Tuesday, 27 June 2017

girl gangs and gladioli: call for submissions


Pretty zine has been dormant for nearly two years, but it is now accepting submissions again. The theme for this summer's issue is Girl Gangs and Gladioli. This issue will be published on my currently empty Issuu page, so watch this space.


Girl gangs: fearless groups of girls who build each other up, not tear each other down
Girl gangs are symbols of female strength and solidarity. Think feminism, girl bands, online communities, best friends, riot grrl. They are about building up your female friends and being their number one fan. However, there are dark sides to girl gangs, like when they bully outsiders and commit crimes. The overwhelming representation of girl gangs in films is of bitchy sororities. There should be more positive representations of girl gangs in the media. Especially because when you type "girl gang" into Google, the top news results are about gang rape.


Gladioli: a flower symbolising strength of character, faithfulness, infatuation and never giving up
Gladioli are probably most famous in popular culture for being the flower waved about on stage by Morrissey when he was in The Smiths. Looking at their various meanings, it is easy to see how they relate to The Smiths. This theme can be interpreted however you want. Gladioli are shaped like a sword and their name derives from gladiator, hence they represent strength and determination. Their softer meaning is faithfulness and infatuation, so write about your crushes, causes you are faithful to and faith.


Deadline for submissions is 31st July. 


More ideas for girl gang submissions:
feminism
girl bands
riot grrl
online friends
best friends
bullying/exclusion
representation of girl gangs
murder of shanda sharer 
teenage girls
fandoms
beatlemania 
witches
bubblegum pink
parties
midnight conversations
sleepovers
school
sororities 
pink ladies
rivalry 
the craft
clueless
makeovers 
the virgin suicides
the beguiled 
subcultures
secret languages/codes/passwords
girl gangs in films
girl gangs on TV
friendship
creative collaborations
when girl gangs clash
female bonding 
solidarity and division within feminism
powerpuff girls
bad ass girls and women coming together to make and do cool stuff
supermodels/influencers


Ideas for gladioli:
standing up for your beliefs
calling people out/in
moral integrity 
staying true to yourself
crushes
the smiths and morrissey
swords
gladiators
fashion as armour
oscar wilde
flowers in general
strength of character
helping others 
infatuation
faithfulness
sincerity 
relationships 
"give me a break"- another meaning of gladioli 


As always, all forms of submissions are welcome, including articles, short stories, poems, photography, journals, artwork, sketches etc. For this issue, we are particularly looking for visual submissions. 


(journals)

SEND SUBMISSIONS TO sophie.wilson09a@hotmail.co.uk

(issue 5)
(grease)

(both via tumblr)
(issue 4)
 (moi je joue in july issue of british vogue)
(from 'mozipedia' by simon goddard)

Looking forward to your submissions. GO GO GO.

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