Tellus Zine

Tellus Zine is youth-led digital publication, showcasing visual art and creative writing by young adults from across Greater Cincinnati. Tellus’s mission is to provide a platform for young people to express themselves bravely and creatively as a part of our diverse community. The zine was developed as an off-shoot of Kennedy Heights Arts Center’s Teen Artists for Change program. Tellus is a Latin word meaning “Earth” and also can be broken down into the invitation: “Tell us!” The students selected the name for their publication because of this double meaning.

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For our second annual issue, the Tellus Zine Editorial Board invites Greater Cincinnati teens to use art to explore transformations within their community and their own process of becoming through the theme: Metamorphosis.
The word “metamorphosis” connotes both physical and metaphysical changes, human and otherwise. Because young people today have had to adopt a sudden maturity that influences the way they perceive the world, Tellus is inviting participants to creatively explore changes both inside themselves and their communities. This theme allows opportunities for visualization and open interpretation, as it is personal and unique to everyone who chooses to tackle it.
submission guidelines
Excited to share your work with Tellus?
Please read this page in its entirety to ensure your submission is complete.
Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • We accept submissions from artists ages 13-21 only.
  • All submissions must be original works by you.
  • A maximum of 5 entries per applicant may be submitted.
  • Submissions Due: March 1, 2021, 11:59PM EST
media guidelines
Accepted Media:
Creative Writing Submissions (poetry, fiction, essay)
  • Individual writing submissions are limited to 300 words max.
  • Accepted File Format(s): PDF or Word Doc
  • Save as yourlastname_yourfirstname_Submission 1.PDF, etc.
Video/Audio Submissions (music, video art, animation)
  • 5 minutes max per single video/audio submission
  • Save as yourlastname_yourfirstname_Submission 2.mp4, etc.
  • Accepted File Format: MP4/MP3
  • Individual file size not to exceed 5 MB
Artwork Submissions (photography, illustration, painting, printmaking, collage)
  • Accepted image file formats: JPEG/PNG
  • File Size: 72 ppi, 2000 pixels on long edge, individual file size should not exceed 3 MB
  • Save as yourlastname_yourfirstname_Submission 3.png, etc.
  • Note: We only accept digital submissions. 2-D art documentations (painting/collage/etc.) must be properly exposed, cropped to art, and in focus. Low quality images will not be accepted.
two ways to submit your work:
Submission Deadline: March 1, 2021, 11:59 pm EST
Acceptance Notification: March 21, 2021
Issue Launch: May 2021 (exact date TBA)
If you have questions and/or need help with your application, please contact Bethany Pelle at 513-800-4567, email bethany@kennedyarts.orgor visit the Tellus Zine website at

With generous support from the Charles H. Dater Foundation and Artswave, this program is offered at no cost to teens.

  • Tuesday - Friday: 10:00 - 5:00
  • Saturday: 11:00 - 4:00
  • Closed Sunday - Monday