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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Papa?
Papa is an Apa, it's both a magazine and a group of people
(currently 18 in all) who write for and read the magazine.
What is an Apa?
An Apa is an "Amateur Press Association". It's a voluntary,
not-for-profit, organisation. Apa's have magazines (also called 'zines')
which are usually 'published' by photocopying.
How does Papa Work?
Papa has a publication deadline every two months. Contribs
(i.e. contributions) are sent to the 'administrator' (currently
) who makes copies for all members, binds and
Every contrib needs to have some comment on the contents of the
previous issue. As a result with each issue you also get reactions from several
people to your work. Hopefully some at least of these comments are helpful,
encouraging or pointing out problems in the writing, ways to improve.
Papa has an ethos of 'no holds barred', in comments on work. The comments can
get quite caustic. Other apas are perhaps a little gentler on the contibuters.
How much does Papa cost?
Currently Papa costs 20 pounds for one year, i.e. 6 issues,
including postage. The costs are split equally between members, so if there
are Papa members in America or Australia, they pay the same as someone in
Dublin or in the U.K.
How do I find out more?
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are also detailed
rules and regulations
online, if you want the administrative details.
Click here to see the cover of a recent Papa: (actually it's not so recent. We're now up to Papa 96, but
issue 86's cover is scanned in and in gif format and 96's isn't)
Papa No 86 (cover)
- The 'Journal of Superfluous Technology'
(online version), produced by an amateur press based in the U.K.
Apa on comic books, science fiction, fantasy and horror. Each issue has a
'mailing topic', a focus for the issue
that is decided on around 12 months in advance of copy deadline.
Apa 5's Zine List
List of a selection of apas which have a web presence. Includes ghost story apas,
apas devoted to comics, artwork and general writing. List compiled by Tamara Hodge.
A directory of Apazines compiled by Eric. Eric publishes a detailed guide to apas
called the NewMoonDirectory.
And finally, click here for an alternative search engine:
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"Papa FAQ" page last updated 5-July-2003