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keepitkosmic said: hey!! i'd really love to submit a poem or something for the zine - i'm just wondering how interlinked the subject matter has to be? i.e. if i have a poem about mental health does it necessarily have to mention bandom/pop punk? :) either way i'd love to submit a contribution. this is an awesome idea, by the way, i'm really excited about it!
it would have to be interlinked with punk in some way – so if you preface the poem with a quote from a song/person/ect, even that would count. I don’t want to limit anyone, really – but there should be some mention of punk/pop-punk/bandom in the work connected with it, even if it’s your own song lyrics, haha – does that make sense?
submit whatever feels right! we’ll work with you :)
Two questions I’m constantly asked on my blog are some variation of, “Why do you care so much about the Millennial generation?” and “Why is punk important?”
glamscully said: Is there a specific form you'd like people to submit their work as? Also, should we include a bio blurb or something to credit work? Thanks! :)
I’m assuming you mean, like file format? good question! PDFs and JPEGs are definitely the best option, but we’re willing to work with y’all!
"I learned more about life from punk and hardcore records than I ever did at school."
alkalinemistress said: is there a minimum age that you'll accept submissions (like, nobody under 18 etc)? i'd love to write something about my experience with pop punk and bipolar disorder but i want to make sure i'm even allowed to submit something first. thanks! :+)
there’s no age limit!
NERVOUS WRECK is a zine about all forms of punk and mental illness. we are currently looking for submissions for ISSUE 1: SURVIVAL.
all printable forms of storytelling are welcome; including essays, fiction, poetry, art, collages, photography, comix and mixes. written pieces can be anywhere from 100 - 1,000 words and art pieces can be small or large.
submissions are due by August 1, 2014. they must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight EST.
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sorry i just need to be emotions about this for a sec
pete wentz has been psychiatrized and so much of the narrative of mental/health illness is about GETTING BETTER; it gets better, you get more normal, you can make yourself more normal if you just do what we say. it’s awful and violent and totally ignores the way emotional distress is produced by structural violence I LITERALLY JUST GAVE A PAPER ON THIS OK
and for a very famous very public person with a mainstream voice and lots of social capital to get up and say, it actually doesn’t necessarily get better and that’s okay is fucking huge. like you can continue to survive and resist and flourish without being normalized, that your perspective is valuable and it matters and what you feel matters. the way in which it’s never getting any better than this becomes not defeat but joyful resistance.
and it’s couched in terms of saving rock and roll, of playing music, but that’s not just what it’s about. saving rock and roll is about changing the meaning of what it is to be saved and safe; that it is something you create within yourself and the people you love. you are what you love, not who loves you.
it’s crucial, it’s fucking crucial.