How do I become an exhibitor?
I have a lot of zines. Can I apply for a full table?
Full size tables are only available to zine distros. Meaning, you collect/publish zines from multiple authors and distribute them. Applicants who apply for a full table who are clearly an individual zinester will not be accepted.
Can I sell things other than zines?
What if I need to cancel?
Please contact us as soon as possible if you need to cancel. Table fees will be refunded up to two weeks before the event.
How big is a table, and how can I decorate it?
What should I bring to the fest?
Besides your zines, make sure you have everything you need for selling. This means plenty of cash for change and a safe place to keep your money. If you are using a card reader, we recommend bringing an external battery to be safe. (The building does have Wifi.)
What can I expect regarding the venue?
Fountain Street Church has Wifi, air conditioning, a drinking fountain, gendered bathrooms, and a gender-neutral bathroom. The space is ADA accessible, and our event has no religious affiliations.Tables and chairs are provided.
Is any type of zine okay?
We welcome all genres and styles of zines! However, we are an all-ages event, so we appreciate appropriate content warnings if you have mature or graphic material.
How much does it cost for a table?
A half table is $15. (3ft long)
Can I share my table with another zinester?
Can I choose who I sit next to?
We do our best to seat everyone according to their seating requests on their application form. We cannot guarantee that you'll be able to sit next to someone.
Requests regarding accessibility take priority.
Will I be able to leave my table to look around the fest?
We will have about half an hour before and after the fest where you can check out other tables and chat with your fellow exhibitors.
When is the 2021 zine fest?
The 2021 zine fest will be on August 7th from 1pm-6pm at Fountain Street Church.
I'm from out of town or out of state. Can I apply?
Of course! We welcome zinesters regardless of where you live. We enjoy having a mix of artists from Grand Rapids and from out of town.
Is there an age limit for applicants?
We welcome young zinesters, but ask that they apply with an adult. Also, zines with mature content will likely be present at the fest, if that is a concern.
Is there a fee to attend this event?
GRZF is a free event! If you'd like to support GRZF, you can make a donation at the organizer's table on fest day. Or, you can donate anytime online on our Ko-fi.
What is a zine?
A zine is a self-published magazine. Typically zines are created more out of the desire for self-expression and/or sharing information rather than profit. Usually, zines have limited printings and are relatively inexpensive. They often look like booklets and range from a few pages to dozens of pages.
How do I buy a zine? How much do they cost?
We encourage you to bring cash if you're interested in buying zines! Some exhibitors will have card readers if you'd like to pay with credit or debit, but some people will only be accepting cash.
Where can I park?
There is street parking available near Fountain Street Church, as well as parking ramps. Check out all the parking available here.
Is this event appropriate for kids?
Does the GRZF have sponsors?
We love and appreciate our sponsors! This year we are sponsored by Fountain Street Church and Issue Press.
What time is the fest open?
The fest is open from 1 pm until 6 pm.