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Mai zine volume 2

Thank you for your interest in contributing to this zine.

This zine is a project of the Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program (TCOFP). TCOFP was launched in 2011 as a project of Pan Valley Institute. TCOFP is an 18-month fellowship program designed to strengthen the cultural organizing skills of Central Valley’s emerging cultural leaders. Pan Valley Institute is a program of the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC). AFSC "is a Quaker organization that promotes lasting peace with justice, as a practical expression of faith in action. Drawing on continuing spiritual insights and working with people of many backgrounds, we nurture the seeds of change and respect for human life that transform social relations and systems."

More information:

1. What is a zine?
Zine is a shorter and smaller version of a magazine. It best known as a magazine, especially a fanzine or a webzine.

2. Why is this zine called MAI?
Mai is a gender-neutral name in Asia, particularly in Southeast Asia. It is a widely common name among 1.5 and 2nd generation Hmong Americans.

3. What purpose does MAI serves?
MAI serves as a space for Southeast Asian American creatives to publish their work, whether they are professionals or hobbyist in the arts or simply want to express themselves.

We hope that MAI can provide a space for stories that are not often told in our every day narratives about Southeast Asians. We hope that MAI can provide a space for alternative ideas and lifestyles; be used to communicate the diverse identities, lifestyles, and experiences of Southeast Asian Americans, especially those living in California's Central Valley.

4. Do I get paid for contributing my work?

5. Where can I get a copy of MAI?
The first volume will be published in March 2017 in commemorating of Women History Month. Copies will be given out at Pan Valley Institute events.

6. Is MAI free to purchase?
Free copies will be distributed at Pan Valley Institute events and to its contributors. Copies can be purchased for a small fee. The fee will help cover the expenses used for printing services for volume 1 and future volumes.

7. Do you own my work if my work is rejected?
Absolutely not.

8. Do you own the work that are published?
Absolutely not. Your work will be published in the zine but you have the rights to use your work for another other project and publications as you wish.

1. Go to

2. Click on "signup" to create a Greensubmission account.

3. You will receive an email to activate your account and submit to MAI.

4. Submit your work directly on the submission form or upload a file.

5. You will be notified of your status by May 31, 2017

Guideline for submission:

1. Writing (stories, poetry):
Poetry: up to 3 poems.
Fiction and nonfiction: up to 1,200 words.
Visual arts: up to 3 pieces (photographs, drawing, etc.)
Comics: up to 2 pages.

2. Art: digital, painting, drawing, comics, and other creative pieces. A photograph of your art piece is acceptable. The scanned copy must be at least 250 dpi or 2480 x 3508 pixels for best resolution.

3. Photography: 300 ppi/ 250 dpi / 2480 x 3508 pixels for best resolution.

4. If your work was previously published elsewhere, please make sure that you are allowed to republish it and disclose to us where and when it was published.

5. ACCEPTANCE: his is a volunteer submission. By submitting to MAI, you will give the right to Tamejavi Cultural Organizing Fellowship Program to publish your work without monetary compensation. You will receive a copy of the zine.

6. REJECTION: Work that are not accepted for publication will not be used for other publication unless we request and receive written permission from the artist/writer.

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