The Teyvat Tribune

A Genshin Newspaper-Themed Zine

Certified Waypoint to
the Latest in Teyvat News!

About the Teyvat Tribune

The Teyvat Tribune is a Genshin Impact fanzine that reimagines Teyvat's
beloved characters in a newspaper setting! Have you ever wondered
what an interview with the Raiden Shogun herself post-Vision Decree
would entail? Or perhaps you'd like to stay up to date with the latest of
the Knights of Favonius's exploits?
Look no further, for the Teyvat Tribune is here to report on
all of Teyvat's most newsworthy residents and events!

Interest CheckAug 1st – Sept 14th.a
Contributor ApplicationsSept 28th – Nov 9th.b
Results sentNov 23rd.c
Pitches dueDec 3rd.d
Check-in 1Jan 7th.e
Check-in 2Feb 4th.f
Check-in 3March 4th.g
FinalApril 1st.h
Pre-OrdersExpected Late April.i
ProductionTBA.j

Dates subject to change

FAQ

What is a zine?
A zine is a collection of artwork and/or writing centered around a theme/message, and can come with merch. The Teyvat Tribune is a fanzine and will feature fanworks made around Genshin Impact's characters in a newspaper AU!
What is this zine about?
The Teyvat Tribune: A Genshin Fanzine is a newspaper themed zine dedicated to printing out the best works centered around our favorite Genshin characters in the modern world as they chase down news stories, capture the truth in 4K on their cameras, or relax in the coffee break room after a long, hard day of journalism!
There will also be a staple-bound/leaflet-style side zine (The Teyvat Tribune itself) for the articles that the Genshin characters were working so hard to create in the main zine!Will this zine be for-profit or for-charity?
This zine will be for-charity! The charity is TBD at the moment~
How will contributors be compensated?
All contributors will be guaranteed a free digital bundle and the option to purchase merchandise at the production price.We have three tiers of compensation for contributors depending on our sales!
Tier 1 Goal: Digital Breakeven
- All contributors will receive a free digital bundle
- All contributors will have the option to purchase the zine and/or merch at production cost + shipping
Tier 2 Goal: Physical Breakeven
- All contributors will receive a free digital bundle
- All contributors may choose to get a full physical bundle for cost of shipping (contribs cover only the shipping), as well as buy extra zines/merch at production cost
Tier 3 Goal: Physical Profit
- All contributors will receive a free digital bundle
- All contributors may also choose to get a full physical bundle for free with shipping covered out of our profits, as well as buy extra zines/merch at production cost
For Tier 2 and Tier 3, if a contributor chooses not to receive a physical bundle, they will still receive a free full digital bundle, and the monetary equivalent of their portion of compensation is essentially donated to charity. Any remaining proceeds after contributor compensation will go to charity.Which Genshin Impact characters can we include in the zine?
Any Genshin Impact characters featured in-game by the time our Contributor Applications get sent out can be included in the zine!
What if I have other questions about this zine? Where do I go?
Our ever-reliable newspaper publishing company will gladly assist you if you send a question to our Curious Cat, email us, or DM us on Twitter!
Who can apply to this zine?
The Teyvat Tribune believes that anyone with a story to share should be able to tell it, so everyone is encouraged to apply regardless of skill level! However, any applicant found promoting hateful material (racism, homophobia, sexism, biphobia, xenophobia, etc.) will be turned away, regardless of their skill shown. We also ask that applicants be 16+ at the time of application.
Can I have NSFW content in my application?
Your portfolio can contain NSFW content, but please make sure that it is tagged correctly. Untagged or improperly tagged works will be immediately disqualified. Your three samples, however, should be SFW. In general though, the moderator team heavily suggests that your application consists of mostly SFW works, as this is a SFW zine.
How many contributors will you be accepting?
The Teyvat Tribune is looking for new hires! We aim to accept about 20-24 page illustrators (including comic artists), 8 merch illustrators, and 6-8 fanfiction/prose writers. This number includes any guests!
How will artists be judged?
Page artists will be judged on the general composition, creativity, backgrounds, and coloring of their works. Please note that your pieces can be either traditionally or digitally made!
Comic artists will be judged on their ability to tell a cohesive and flowing story within limited space, general composition, creativity, backgrounds, and coloring of their works. Pieces may be either traditional or digital!Merch artists will be judged on composition and creativity of their works, and their demonstration of their ability to create (either physically or digitally) artwork that can be produced as merch.How will writers be judged?
Writers will be judged on their ability to tell a story within a word limit, proper grammar use, flow, syntax, characterization, and language.
Is plagiarism tolerated?
No. We have a zero-tolerance policy for plagiarism, and any portfolios containing plagiarized content will be disqualified with no consideration.
Are collaborations allowed in the zine?
Most definitely! Channels will be provided for contributors to match up into collaborations. Moreover, for the side zine, each writer will be paired up with an illustrator so that each “newspaper article” can be accompanied by a corresponding “photograph”!
Will ships be featured?
No. Ships will not be a major focal point in any pieces, as that is not the theme or focus of this zine.

Any more questions? Consult our info doc here or ask us on our Curious Cat!

Apply to join the Teyvat Tribune!

Remember to thoroughly read our info doc here before applying!

Application Requirements

General

  • Portfolio and Sample links must be easily accessible (inaccessibility will result in disqualification. We cannot judge what we can’t see!)

  • Google Drive Links are preferred, but we will also accept links to other platforms such as Carrd or Wix (for illustrators) or AO3 (for writers)! If providing a link to another site other than Google Drive please make sure that everything is properly tagged and that your samples/portfolio pieces are clearly marked.

  • Please let us know, if linking a Tumblr/Twitter profile, which threads to go through.

  • The mod team will not search through your profile to find suitable works, so please link proper samples!

  • Have a working email

  • Typos on applications are inevitable for some, but we ask that your email works, so we can easily receive and get back to you on your application promptly.

  • At least one work must be Genshin Impact related. An applicant’s samples and portfolio should indicate the quality and style that they intend to produce for this zine.

  • Applicants must be 16+ at the time of application

Specifics

Page Artist Applications
Page Artists are required to create either a single-page art piece, spread, or comic for the zine. Interested Page Artists may also be asked to create spot art to accompany writing pieces! Artists may also opt into illustrating a ‘photo’ to accompany a writer’s article for the side zine.
Keep in mind that a finished background is required, even if it is simple. A single color/blank background is not the quality we’re aiming for.Application Requirements:

  • A portfolio containing 3-5 samples of artwork

  • At least 1 completed work

  • We prefer that the other samples are also completed works, but WIPs are allowed

  • At least 1 Genshin Piece

  • Any traditional artwork must be scanned in at least 300 dpi

  • Links to portfolios must be direct so the mods don’t have to search around for samples

  • If using Google Drive (preferred by mods), make sure all elements in the folder are viewable and accessible by the team!

  • Please indicate on the Google Form if you’re interested in creating a comic/multi-page spread and/or spot art

  • Since we're deciding to move forward with the side zine, please also indicate on the Google Form if you’re interested in collaborating with a writer to create an additional piece for the side zine!

  • For comic artists interested in contributing to the side zine, you will not partner with a writer. Instead, you will create a short 4 panel comic strip for the newspaper (Calvin and Hobbes, or Peanuts!). Thus, for these comic artists we’d like to also see at least one 4-Koma styled comic in your portfolio.

Merch Artist Applications
Merch Artists are required to create at least 2 pieces of Genshin newspaper-themed merch, either chosen from a list of possible merch options, or assigned to them by The Teyvat Tribune’s mod team. If Merch Artists would like to create a specific type of merch, we ask that their portfolio reflect their capabilities in doing so.
Application Requirements:

  • A portfolio containing 3-5 samples of artwork

  • At least 1 completed work

  • We prefer that the other samples are also completed works, but WIPs are allowed

  • At least 1 Genshin piece

  • If interested in creating any prints, must have at least one example with a background

  • Including pictures of past projects/previously made merch is a definite bonus, but is not required

  • Links to portfolios must be direct so the mods don’t have to search around for samples

  • If using Google Drive (preferred by mods), make sure all elements in the folder are viewable and accessible by the team!

Writer Applications
Writers are required to create 1 Genshin newspaper AU piece of prose in between 1.5k - 2.5k words. Writers will also be required to create 1 newspaper article between 500 - 700 words for The Teyvat Tribune side zine!
Application Requirements:

  • 3 Samples, one of which MUST be a Genshin-related piece and another that is completed within a 1.5k - 2.5k word range

  • The Genshin-related piece and the completed work do not have to be the same sample, but they can be!

  • A maximum word count of 7.5k between all samples, with a leeway of 100-200 words

  • Samples have to be a minimum of 1k words each, but this is a soft baseline. You may have a leeway of 10 words

  • We're happy to announce that we're creating a side zine (err, newspaper) too! So, though it's not required, we encourage writer applicants to include at least one additional piece within 500-700 words emulating the tone and style of journalism!

  • (OPTIONAL) Portfolio with 5-7 works, at least 3 of which are different from your samples—excerpts/WIPS are allowed, but we encourage having completed pieces

  • You may include the journalism-esque piece as a part of your portfolio, rather than as one of your samples

  • Please properly tag potentially triggering/sensitive works. Any untagged/improperly tagged pieces will face immediate disqualification

  • Please do not include NSFW in your 3 samples—NSFW is only ok in your portfolio

After Acceptance

  • All pieces must adhere to the chosen newspaper AU theme

  • All pieces must be original work; previous works will not be accepted

  • All contributors are expected to either have Discord or be willing to create a Discord account for efficient and effective communications between all members of the team!

  • Please communicate openly with moderators! In the event that you will not be able to meet a certain deadline, just reach out and let us know—we’re all here to help you, after all

Apply for Page Artist, Merch Artist, or Writer here!