If you are interested in contributing to unmasked, or know someone who would be, check out our call for submissions here.
Unmasked is a zine filled with creative ideas from young people; a window into the thoughts, fears and hopes of a generation with a whole mountain of modern pressures that generations before have never known. A means of expression for budding artists, writers, photographers and poets. A means of realising they are not alone to those who read the pages. The title ‘Unmasked’ is a perfect fit.
The first two issues have seen a exciting and varied mix of ideas in print; from the thoughts of a young Asian British woman who stumbled accidently right onto the middle of an EDL rally, to personal insights into homelessness, body image and mental illness. We’ve had an impassioned feature on rappers, weirdo girl bands and tales of chasing Pokemon through the Northern streets; a tale about a love for the wilder side of British wrestling, and even a ghost story.
Now we are delighted to announce that unmasked has been so well received, funding has been awarded for four new issues. So we’re ready and waiting. Waiting to see what a new call to all those writers and image makers will bring to our inbox. Support is on hand to develop ideas if needed, to make the experience as accessible as possible. Don’t hold back. Let us know what’s behind your mask!
Unmasked is made possible by Rochdale Literature and Ideas Festival; a festival created with a bequest by a Rochdale couple Annie and Frank Maskew. Annie and Frank wanted to spread their love of reading and ideas, literature and philosophy. We think they’d be thrilled with what their support is making happen.