Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Today's the deadline for submissions! Send yours now to!

In February we'll be releasing our anniversary issue! Wanna be included? Send your short story, poem or play to!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Our posters are on sale! Go get one now!

Instigatorzine posters are on sale! Go check'em out on our merch page. You can own a poster of our first five covers for $10 + shipping! I heard David Sedaris even has one.


Monday, November 15, 2010

For your entertainment...Michelle McGuinness!

Check out Michelle McGuinness's blog! Michelle appeared in the third issue of Instigatorzine. She posts everyday!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Becoming an instigator is easy...

Becoming an instigator is easy! I started as a little boy when my father spanked me and I said, "That doesn't hurt!"

He responded in a menacing tone, "Oh yeah?" to which I ran upstairs and locked myself in my bedroom.

That's not all it takes to be an instigator though. Each month we print a mock definition of the term on the cover of our zine. Most of the time it's jokey (i.e. to wear white after Labor Day, to spit in someone's overpriced burnt coffee). The fourth issue featured a new article that has been printed and will be printed in ever issue following called the Instigator of the Month. The idea of this article is to publish articles recognizing people in history or local news that did something remarkable. To instigate always means to ignite change in the way things are done. I said, "That doesn't hurt!" to my father because his mode of punishment was not effective and needed to be changed.

So what can you do to become an instigator?

Earlier this year I made a list of things I believe and do not believe. Make this list yourself. When making this list I discovered a lot about myself that I hadn't known before. Many of my beliefs conflict with my non-beliefs. You will probably find the same. It's human nature to be inconsistent. It's the inconsistencies we must embrace. After you make this list, tell others to make their own list and find things that you agree on. Change occurs when there is strength in numbers. Without others following you, you might be crazy. Be warned though, having a very large following is also a sign you might be insane. There are extremes to both sides.

In the meantime, as you're doing all this and figuring out what you feel really strongly about, submit to the magazine! We want to hear your short stories and poetry. Tell us about when you were wronged, changes you think need to be made. We may just publish it!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Another of our authors published!

Ryan Sprague published a story called, "Car Bombs and the Helmets of God" in the 6th issue of Instigatorzine. Now, you can read his inspirational novel, Grateful! Go to his website to order the book and maybe even go to one of his signings or readings! Who would've thought from his short story that he was a sports writer?

"Ryan Sprague takes you onto the field, into the huddle and inside the heart and mind of a Florida State football player, offering both the unique perspective of a passionate walk-on and the life-long lessons and unforgettable memories of a national champion."


You can read his short story, "Car Bombs and the Helmets of God," in the 6th issue of Instigatorzine.

In June we published an article about a wonderful artist named Laura Meyers. Check out the whole thing here!

Who says you have to wait for print to see illustrations?

I usually don't like uploading until illustrations are published (even if it is for my own magazine), but I can't find anything else I've scanned at the moment.

You can find this one for "Laugh Riot" in Instigatorzine 9.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

In June we published our first Featured Author, Sandra Bazzarelli! Here is the whole article and interview by Jenna Kildosher!

In June we published our first Featured Author, Sandra Bazzarelli! Here is the whole article and interview by Jenna Kildosher! Check out her blog at

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Buy digital copies of Instigatorzine on our website for $1!

Remember folks, you can purchase a digital copy of Instigatorzine on our website at!

Our Anniversary is coming up!

Hey Instigators! Our one year anniversary is coming up in February! I know that seems so long from now, but it's really just two issues away! I'd like to take the opportunity to preemptively honor the magazine and send a request out to those who contributed to it.

We releaed the first issue of Instigatorzine in February of 2010. I had gotten the idea from reading through my writer's market book and finding only three magazines published out of New Jersey, none of which publish non-fiction. Having just taken a memoir class, I thought this was horrible. Non-fiction can be an incredibly crafty and skillful sort of literature that should be recognized and displayed proudly. I thought literature was dying, especially in New Jersey. However, after publishing the magazine, I found that New Jersey is very much alive and rich with wonderful authors who are just waiting to be published. It makes me feel incredibly proud to have published over 80 new authors in such a short amount of time, and even prouder to have published authors who went on to publish poetry collections and books as well, such as Peycho Kanev and Brian Nailer.

I am also very proud to have had the opportunity to work with such great artists as well. I have to thank Narciso for introducing me to them and making them a part of our time, further enriching the quality of Instigatorzine.I never knew it would come this far in such a short amount of time.

So, as I said earlier, our anniversary is coming up. We first released the zine in February of 2010. It was all black and white, featuring the following cover by Narciso Espiritu Jr (co-founder). As you can see, we were originally called The Instigator, but to avoid legal conflicts with another magazine called Instigator, we changed it to Instigatorzine.

In this issue, we featured literary works by Craig Wynne, Ashleigh Matkowski, Elizabeth Vosk, Angel Eduardo, Robert Jason Clark, Nicole Contreras, and artwork by Madelynne Dela Rama and Pablo Naranjo.

I would like to send an invitation to each of these authors to submit a work for our one year anniversary to be released in February. I make this announcement so early because our production process is two months. Thus, we are currently working on the January issue, and in December we will be working on the February issue.

Here's to an amazing magazine made amazing only by the authors and artists who contribute toward it!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Peycho Kanev's new book!

In September, we published a poem by Peycho Kanev called "Closing Statement." He just released a new collection titled Bone Silence. Go on Amazon and check it out! It's available as a hard copy and for Kindle as well!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Andrew Kolbenschlag

Check out Andrew Kolbenschlag's new blog!

Andrew Kolbenschlag appeared in the sixth issue of Instigatorzine with his story, "The Trees Will Go, Too." His new story, "Gaviota" will be appearing in the November issue, so make sure you check it out!

Our covers

Which one's your favorite?

November - Instigatorzine 9

Who's looking forward to the November issue? I know I am.

The November issue of Instigatorzine is featuring the following work:
"Gaviota" by Andrew Kolbenschlag
"Chocolate Defined" by John Berbrich
"Dark Circles" by Joe Marchia
"Laura's House" by Lisa Sofranko
Three pieces of flash fiction by Billy Frey
"Laugh Riot" by Michael Weems
"To a Stranger at the Tiki Bar" and "Driving Lesson" by Patrick Shea
"We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes" by Tabitha Vedaurri
"7 Settings" by Chris O'Brien
"Beyond Comprehension" by Mitch Holsten
"The Homecoming" by Matthew Reed
"A Little Snow" by J.A. Curcione

...and artwork by Erin Dodge!

Keep a lookout for it!

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