Is Hoax more than a blog/website?
Yes! Hoax is a zine that is published 2 or 3 times a year (depending on how quickly we can procure, review, and decide upon submissions) in hard copy.
Is Hoax downloadable online?
No. We design Hoax using a PC program and the files are routinely too large to be supported in any format through any hosting site online. We also choose to keep the zine’s content offline to respect our contributors’ privacy – our default position is that writing or art intended for print distribution is not automatically consented to appear online, where it can be documented, searched for, and found by individuals and institutions who are not necessarily intended to see the material. This is also why we do not publish the names of any issue’s contributors online.
Where can I find Hoax?
You can purchase Hoax by visiting our Etsy site, meeting us at a zine fest on the east coast of the US, or through several distros like Doris, twelveohtwo, Mend My Dress, Stranger Danger, and Sweet Candy. You can also find Hoax at bookstores like Bluestockings (NYC), Quimby’s (Chicago), Wooden Shoe (Philly), Boxcar Books (Bloomington, IN), Food For Thought Books (Amherst, MA), and Atomic Books (Baltimore).
Can I get multiple copies of Hoax at once and/or do a mass order?
Yes! The downside to utilizing Etsy is the site’s tendency to totally miscalculate accurate shipping prices. If you are interested in multiple copies of Hoax, please get in touch via e-mail or Tumblr so we can set things aside for you! We suggest that PayPal (our account is hoaxzine (at) gmail (dot) com) be used to send us the money for the zines, and that the remaining postage fees be sent over through another PayPal transaction after we contact you with the total we paid at the post office. We prefer this means because it allows us to have some of the funds before we mail the package, and it allows you to only pay the exact amount for shipping instead of possibly overpaying.
Can I get the entire Hoax collection?
No. Issues 1-4 are permanently out of print, and we don’t personally have hard copies of them.
Why do you number every 5 pages by hand?
Each issue is printed with a small white border around the page edges as determined by the computer program we use. Including page numbers in the layout of the zine actually cuts into valuable space for written pieces! Hand-numbering every 5 pages lets you, the reader, know that we put lots of love into each individual copy while saving us time from numbering every single page.
Is Hoax a for-profit zine?
No. Any and all funds procured for or by Hoax go directly back into creating, printing, promoting, and distributing the zine. This is why we as individuals do not trade Hoax—we think it unfair for us as editors to personally benefit from a project that is a collaboration between dozens of individuals.
Can I copy pieces of Hoax that I like and distribute them?
Yes, within reason! We advertise Hoax as an anti-copyright publication, meaning that the content of the zine is free to be distributed at the reader’s discretion as long as credit is given to the original source. We strongly urge you to keep in mind the boundless hard work of every single contributor to Hoax when deciding to circulate the zine’s content and ask, should you choose to make prints of the zine and distribute them, that you donate 50% or more of any proceeds to the continuation of the project. The same courtesy is sought and found with distros and independent bookstores that Hoax has established relationships with, and being accountable with monetary earnings will ensure that Hoax is a sustainable, accessible, and affordable print zine while helping us all to strengthen zine community ties.
How do you handle trigger warnings?
We choose to place a trigger warning on the front of our zine rather than on individual pieces. We do this because we recognize that triggers are unique and highly personal. We believe that it is impossible to discern what content has the potential to be triggering to every one of our readers, and we do not want to create a hierarchy of what material is “intense” or “real” enough to warrant a warning. In tandem with advocating for readers deciding for themselves as to what content is potentially triggering or uncomfortable, we always post a full list of descriptive essay topics in chronological order from each issue online that can be referenced to when reading the hard copy of the zine. Please contact us if you have suggestions as to how to better incorporate trigger warnings into future issues of Hoax.
Who are the editors of Hoax?
We are close friends who live in the Northeastern United States. sari is the Editor and identifies with the following qualifiers: white, mid-20s, female-assigned at birth (FAAB), non-binary/trans/gender variant, queer, able-bodied, Western, working-class to college-educated, depressed, punk, survivor. rachel is the Editorial Assistant and identifies with the following qualifiers & more: white, mid-20s, cis, female, femme-spectrumed, queer / lesbian, western, depressed / crazy, jewish, graduate school educated, highly privileged.
Are you looking for zine assembly help?
Yes! We are boundlessly thankful to several of our friends for their help with printing and assembling copies of Hoax in person and always appreciate additional helping hands. In the past, we have hosted impromptu zine assembly parties in New York City and we plan to host more get-togethers as needed - especially when the next issue, Hoax #10, comes out! Please get in touch with us if you’re interested in coming to a low-key, sober, and fun zine party!