Submissions Open: Talanoa’s first Digital Zine!

Talanoa is excited to announce that we are accepting submissions for our first digital zine

We are looking for a wide range of works from artists from all walks of the Pacific diaspora to be part of this!

What is a zine?
According to Urban Dictionary, zine’s are “Some sort of publication, usually mass-produced by photocopying (in some cases, scanned, put on the ‘net, or copied via fax) on any range of topics, but usually filled with passion. a means of telling one’s story, sharing thoughts, and/or artwork/comics/doodles.”

Some examples of zine’s. L-R: Get Yours by Margot Tee, Black Hair Aesthetics Study by Shani Peters, Skinned Heart Quatro by Nyky Gomez

What is the theme?
The theme for Talanoa’s first zine is recycle, defined as
verb (used with object), recycled, recycling.
1. to treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse
2. to alter or adapt for new use without changing the essential form or nature of
3. to use again in the original form or with minimal alteration
4. to pass through a cycle again; repeat a process from the beginning.
5. to undergo reuse or renewal; be subject to or suitable for further use, activity, etc.

What does the word recycle mean to you? What potential does the word recycle have? What do you see when you hear or read the word recycle?
Synonyms for recycle are: convert, recover, salvage, reprocess, save, reclaim, regenerate.

What are we looking for?
– Photographs
– Illustrations
– Poetry
– Prose
– Collages
– Comics
– Non-Fiction
– Micro-fiction
– Interviews
– Letters
– Essays


  • We are looking for submissions from people of all genders, ages and skill levels!
  • You must be of Pacific descent (by ethnicity or nationality) to submit.
  • Submissions must be your original work (where you have appropriated someone else’s work, you must credit that artist)
  • Works written in languages other than English are very welcome, we just ask that you accompany your submission with a translation.
  • We love handwritten works, but please make sure if you submit a handwritten work that it is legible!
  • Up to three works per submission will be accepted, 800 word limit per submission.
  • Racist, sexist, ableist, classist, homophobic, transphobic or xenophobic work will not be accepted.
  • Please label your submissions with: Your name, title of the work & include numbers to the tail if submitting more than one file in a body of work.
  • Include what medium/materials you used to make your work.


Submissions close on March 31st, 12pm AEST.
Successful submissions will be notified by the 9th of April.


Arieta Tora Rika is a writer, Pacific storyteller, and Talanoa's Founder. With over 10 years of experience in social impact and non-profit communications across Australia and the Pacific, Arieta has dedicated her career to writing for positive change in vulnerable communities. She is currently a Communications Manager for The Salvation Army's aged care services, a part-time student at Western Sydney University as she completes a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology), and a sometimes storyteller and cultural advisor for Talanoa.