Tucson Zines #SpeakUp Challenge


Are you a Tucsonan enrolled in Grades K-12?

Would you like a cash prize of $75, $50, or $25?

Enter the Tucson Zines #SpeakUp Challenge!

How to Enter:

1. Choose a problem/challenge that you have observed in Tucson.

2. Write, draw, or create an art piece about it.  Poetry, song, short story, essay, newspaper advertisement, ceramic, painting, video — you choose your genre and create it.

3. Complete the Write-up:

  • Your name, age, grade level, school, contact info
  • Your parent/guardian name and contact info (with their signature, if you are under the age of 18)
  • Title of your piece
  • Genre
  • 50 word write up that states your problem/challenge and explains why you chose it.

4. Submit it in one of the three following ways:

  • Post it on the Tucson Zines Facebook page (www.facebook.com/tucsonzines)
  • Email it to tucsonzines@gmail.com
  • Snail mail it to Tucson Zines, 917 E Pastime Road, Tucson, AZ 85719

Note: If it is a 3-D art piece, photos are acceptable.  Include a 360 video if possible.



There are three rounds of judging/scoring.  Submissions that do not meet the criteria of previous rounds will not be continued to the next round, so be sure to complete all parts from the “How To Enter” guidelines.

Round One: Content

  • The challenge/problem is described (who, what, where, when, why, how).
  • The challenge/problem is relevant to Tucsonans.
  • The submission shows that the problem/challenge affects Tucsonans (Hint: Use sensory language/images).
  • The Write-up is complete.

Round Two: Technical

  • All parts of the “How To Enter” are complete.
  • Submission is scored for grammar, mechanics, punctuation (Note: The use of stylistic language is acceptable).

Round Three:   Final Round (as necessary)

  • In case of a tie, the Final Round of scoring and judging will be necessary.  Final round contestants will be notified for next steps.


All participants will be invited to display their submissions, and finalists will be awarded their prizes on October 13, 2020 at the Domestic Violence Awareness Series event at 12:30pm.


Tucson Zines is a Felicia Chew Community Projects project, whose mission is to end systemic domestic violence.  Too often, community members become victims of domestic violence because our community is afraid to #SpeakUp.  Tucson Zines #SpeakUp Writing Challenges provide students with the opportunity to build the habit of speaking up.

For more information about ending systemic domestic violence, visit http://www.feliciachew.com/enddv

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