Zest is changing! What can I say, we must have felt inspired when we announced Issue 2’s theme of Evolution! I was pleasantly surprised by the sheer volume of creativity that was sent our way and it reinforced the voice screaming within me that we need to become a quarterly rather than a bi-annual publication. The wait, the anticipation between accepting and finally publishing the work was such a tease, I’m sure for all concerned! And so, I’ve made the decision to publish by the seasons so, step right up because Submissions for Issue 3 are now officially open. It is my intention not to have a set theme for this issue. You are free to write, to photograph and to generate artwork that reflects your style and impulses. Usual rules apply, as can be seen in our guidelines. For instance, if you were published in Issue 2, please resist the temptation to re-submit work until Issue 3 has passed. Incidentally, and to give you a heads up, the theme for the 3rd issue will be black and white – interpret that as you will. Check out our submissions page to see the first three themes for 2014, just to give you a hint for what’s to come. Details of when those reading periods will be announced will come soon.
Zest is growing and changing and as we progress, I’m met with a real opportunity to reflect on our progress. During the first issue, we were met with hurdles that we managed to stumble our way over. Setting up issue 2, I could already sense there were things that I wanted to amend in the future. For instance, the programme that I used to set up the magazine on. I loved every aspect of using that platform, with the exception that I can’t afford the monthly subscription costs to enable pdf download and there are some problems with viewing the content on mobile devices. Perhaps it will be a case of 3rd time lucky. Whatever the case, I’m pleased to be able to recognise things that need fixing and I am always working towards improving that.
It continues to be an absolute pleasure to be part of this project. I look forward to hearing from you soon and hope that you will continue to spread the word to your friends, family, colleagues, any pets with the ability to read/show an interest in our awesome creativity!
Thanks for your continued support,