ShellsuitZombie Magazine Issue 6: Call for Submissions

ShellsuitZombie was started in 2008 by a group of friends who formed a collective run by graduates, for graduates. Four years down the line, they passed the baton to some fresh meat—that was us. Now ShellsuitZombie runs as a revolving door of creative people; our group of friends is always growing.

We’ve been a part of ShellsuitZombie for almost three years now, and we’ve had an amazing time. When we left uni we were thrust into the ‘real world’, confused as hell and smelling like a bad hangover. By working together and using each other’s strengths and skills, we’ve accomplished more than we ever could have working alone.

But guess what? It’s been three years and we still don’t know what we’re doing. The sixth issue of ShellsuitZombie magazine is about exactly this.

There’s no rulebook for “how to make it in the creative industry”, and anyone claiming to have written one is full of shit. There’s no right or wrong way of doing anything. You’ve heard it a million times before, but the only way you’ll ever get where you want to go is by trying and learning. Even people at the top of their game had to make it up as they went along. Chances are they’re still making it up right now. We want to explore what it means to try, succeed, fail, laugh, cry, have an existential crisis or two and then figure out what just happened. None of us really have any idea what we’re doing and that’s a beautiful thing.

There is no plan. We’re all still learning every day. Let’s celebrate that.

Creative Brief

ShellsuitZombie issue six aims to celebrate the weird and wonderful journey we go through as young creatives. Sometimes we win and sometimes we cock up spectacularly, but through it all the fact remains that most of us still don’t know what we’re doing. We want to fill this issue with writing and artwork that explores this idea.

Writing

If you’re interested in contributing as a writer, drop us an email with links to examples of your work and a pitch for your idea(s). We’re looking for original pieces responding to the theme of this issue, including (but absolutely not limited to):

  • DIY culture in the creative industries; projects outside of work, labours of love, marketing yourself, avoiding university altogether.
  • Working in a field unrelated to your degree, trying new things and going into them blindly, discovering a new/unexpected passion.
  • Fuck ups; funny mistakes, interview mishaps, bad advice, learning from failure.
  • Quarter life/existential crises, sudden changes of heart, tough decisions.

With all written pieces, we’re looking for personal stories and critical thought with universal appeal; work that will inform and entertain in equal measure.

Illustration

If you’re interested in contributing original illustration(s) to the magazine, drop us an email with links to your work and a little bit about yourself. We’re looking for illustrators for both editorial accompaniments and purely visual features. If you have an idea for a standalone visual feature, pitch it in your email and if you can, please send us a rough sketch to help us see your vision. If you’re putting yourself forward as an editorial illustrator for an article, just the link to your work will be perfect, and we’ll match up illustration styles with commissioned articles.

How to submit

The deadline to get in touch and register your interest is May 1st.We’ll send out replies by May 4th to let everyone know what has been selected for the magazine.

Writers; please contact alex@shellsuitzombie.co.uk
Illustrators; please contact sam@shellsuitzombie.co.uk

Here’s how issue five went down:

We let Chris Simpsons Artist loose on the issue 5 cover.

We let Chris Simpsons Artist loose on the issue 5 cover.

We interviewed the man, the legend that is Goldie.

We interviewed Goldie, a legend behind the wheels of steel.

We featured some fantastic illustrators, including Russell Taysom, Martina Paukova, Oli Rogers, Murray Somerville and Bridget Meyne (pictured above)

We featured some fantastic illustrators, including Russell Taysom, Martina Paukova, Oli Rogers, Murray Somerville and Bridget Meyne (pictured).

Jonny Clapham made this incredible spread for us. Sometimes we look at it when we need our faith restored in humanity.

Jonny Clapham made this incredible spread for us. Sometimes we look at it when we need our faith restored in humanity.

We made a big mess on a wall in Shoreditch at our launch party.

We made a big mess on a wall in Shoreditch at our launch party.

We turned the magazine's illustrations into a giant neon mural.

We turned the magazine’s illustrations into a giant neon mural.

Goldie even made an appearance to dispense some words of wisdom.

Goldie even made an appearance to dispense some words of wisdom.

Look! Young creatives in their natural habitat - an  independent magazine launch in East London with free beer.

Look! Young creatives in their natural habitat – an independent magazine launch in East London with free beer.

You can read issue 5 in full by clicking here.

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