Hi zinemakers! On this page, we've tried to cover everything you'll need to know as a stallholder at WZF Weekend on October 7 and 8.
Stall spots for WZF 2023 are booked out. To go on the waitlist and be offered a stall, should one become available, use the form linked below.
Make sure you read through everything before booking for a stall. This page will keep updating as things progress closer to the market.
This page is just for people who want their own stall. If you'd like to submit for the Community Table, follow the form linked below.
We're booked out! The registration form is closed. To go on the waitlist for a stall spot, follow the link below.
We'll provide tables for you to use for your stall, and we'll have these set up before you arrive.
If you have any specific requirements regarding where you'd like to be placed you can let us know on the booking form. We'll do our best to accomodate these.
Each stall is a 1.2 x 0.9m space. There's room for two seats max. Make sure you consider how big the stall is when preparing for the market.
We're lucky to have the support of our hosts, Victoria University of Wellington Te Herenga Waka - School of Design Innovation Te Kura Hoahoa.
The venue, and its bathrooms, are wheelchair accessible. Because it's the centre of town, parking can sometimes be tough to find, so if you're driving do allow time for that.
What to Sell
It's important to us that Wellington Zinefest remains a space that celebrates zines, first and foremost. As such, every stall at Wellington Zinefest needs to have zines.
Other items like stickers and badges are fine to sell, but zines should be the focus of your stall.You're welcome to sell zines on any and all topics, as long as they align with our Code of Conduct.
The market will open to the public with 'accessibility hour', which runs from 11- 12pm.
This is a chance for any visitors who, for whatever reason, can't attend when our markets are crowded. We'll have no music and try to maintain a low-stimulation environment.
We ask that our stallholders keep this laidback atmosphere going by not hard-selling any of their work during this hour.
What to Bring
The key things for you to bring are your zines and a cash float. We also recommend bringing some signage which describes the names and prices of your zines.
People often pay with bank transfer, rather than cash, so some signage with your bank account number on can be really helpful.
Stallholders often like to decorate their stalls with table coverings and stands. These aren't essential but they can be fun.
Lastly, we'd recommend bringing some snacks and some water to keep you going throughout the day.
Stallholders are asked to arrive from 10am in preparation for an 11am start.You'll have the time between 10 and 11am to find your stall and set everything up.
The stall placements will be laid out before you arrive. If you can't locate your stall, one of the Wellington Zinefest team can help you find it.
The market closes officially at 4pm, and you're welcome to pack down your stall from then onwards.
How do I price my zines?
This isn't something we can really answer for you; pricing is subjective. When pricing, make sure you consider the cost of paper, printing, binding and any other production expenses.
If you're interested in the budgeting side of things, this blog discusses how one zinemaker approaches pricing.
It's worth mentioning that zine culture centres non-commercial exchange. Rather than to generate income, zines are traditionally made and distributed for the purposes of self-expression, information, cultivating community and the joy of creation.
How many zines should I print?
Unfortunately this isn't something we can't answer, simply because there's such a wide range of zines out there, and they all sell differently.
Do you know another zinemaker who makes and sells similar work? Consider asking them what works for their stock.
Where do I print my zines?
Most zines sold at Wellington Zinefest are printed on printers at offices, university libraries or at home.
In Wellington, public printing is available at Wellington City Libraries venues as well as at a range of private, professional printers.
How many different zines do I need to have?
While you do need to have zines on your stall for Wellington Zinefest, there isn't a hard and fast rule about how many different kinds.
We expect stallholders to have, on average, at least 50% of their stall be zines. Additional items typically are paper-based - things like stickers and prints.
What counts as a zine?
We explored this topic earlier this year when preparing for our Zines Only market. Take a look at the Zines Only Theme page for discussion on what constitutes a zine for the purposes of our market.