Here at ZeitHeist, we select themes that reflect global trends and we aim for them to be as open to interpretation as possible so that regardless of where you come from or your artistic discipline, you will find a way of relating and responding to what’s going on. Want to suggest a theme? Get in touch!

The theme for Issue 5 is… The Pen is Mightier.

Charlie Hebdo, cartoonists, the UK general election, Isis, Russia… You tell us what you think about creative rebellion.

‪#‎ZeitHeisters‬, freedom of speech, expression and creativity in responding to current affairs – everything we stand for – came under bloody attack. At the‪#‎CharlieHebdo‬ HQ in Paris, civilians, police and cartoonists were murdered.

This is atrocious. The magazine’s editor had said in an interview with Le Monde in 2012: “It is perhaps a bit pompous to say so but I prefer to die on my feet than live on my knees.”

With further two shootings in mind, and the perpetrators still on the run, we would like to dedicate the theme for Issue 5 to all those who were brutally murdered and injured in these attacks, their family and friends and the principle of a free press, free speech and freedom to create.

Nemtsov’s mysterious murder outside nearby the Kremlin in Russia reflected the need more than ever to protect democracy and the voice of opposition.

We will be accepting submissions that respond to contemporary creative rebellion, in any form. The more creative your response to the theme, the better.


We accept all weirdos, outcasts, misfits, conformists, rebels, non-conformists, sheep, leaders, lions, controversialists, pacifists, passivists, optimists, pessimists, anonymous contributors, out-and-out-and-loud-and-prouders and just about every single person on the planet here. If you’re a human being, and have something you’d like to share with fellow humans, you could be published on ZeitHeist. To all of you: Welcome, welcome, welcome.


2015 Issues

Issue 5 – January to March 2015 – ‘The Pen is Mightier’

Roundup: This issue is dedicated to the 12 murdered and 11 injured in the brutal Charlie Hebo massacre in Paris. Issue 5 will focus on the semantics of the phrase, “the pen is mightier” analysing and assessing what the role of creative rebellion is today. What are we fighting against and why? Be it an analysis of the role of cartoonists and satire in society or polemics on the power of ISIS’s online propaganda. Is the computer mouse the modern-age pen? What do you think? Where do you stand?  #JeSuisCharlie.


2014 Issues

Issue 1 – January to March 2014 – ‘Want to Know a Secret?’

Roundup: As Assange remained holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London and Icelandic and Swedish Pirate Party MPs nominated Bradley Manning and fellow whistleblower, Edward Snowden, for the 2014 Novel Peace Prize, the debate and controversy surrounding Freedom of Information, free speech, Wikileaks and whistleblowing amounted to higher tensions. GCHQ and the NSA – do they have too much power, or not enough? Are they restricting our right to privacy or protecting us against the imminent threats we may never learn of?

Issue 2 – April to June 2014 – ‘Rebels With a Cause’

Roundup: Families of missing flight MH370 campaigning for answers, anti-fracking demos were out in full force, Femen protestors took to Russia’s streets as the a general theme for rebellion spread throughout the world. Be it in the form of unanswered questions or as a political, cultural or environmental fight to be heard.

Issue 3 – July to September 2014 – ‘Culture Clash’

Roundup: Israel and Gaza continued to exchange rocket and drone attacks, the #freethenipple sparked a feminist debate as to why it was deemed “unacceptable” to for women to show their breasts and the debate continued as Page 3 girl Rhian Sugden added to the debate in the form of polarising the bikini and the burka – arguing that feminism means the choice to do what you want with your own body, The Cold War was heating up as tensions in Russia and Ukraine heightened and the referendum on an Independent Scotland gained momentum.

Issue 4 – October to December 2014 – ‘Anti-social Media’

Roundup: From the Oscar-winning Jennifer Lawrence having her iCloud hacked and naked photos of her released to the world, Isis continuing to spread their poisonous ideology and murders via the internet while continuing to use British freelance journalist, John Cantlie, as a propaganda puppet, Sony Pictures being subjected to their own email accounts being hacked and delaying the release of The Interview after scrapping its opening following threats of terror and a cyber-attack blamed on North Korea, Youtuber and vlogging star, Zoella, “took a few days off the internet”, after admitting she used ghostwriter for her bestselling debut book, Girl Online, which beat Harry Potter author, J K Rowling, to become the world’s fastest-selling debut author and social media users called for a public enquiry into the death of Brenda Leyland, 63, who died after being exposed on Sky News for sending trolling and abusive tweets to Kate and Gerry McCann, Madeleine McCann’s parents – these were interesting times to say the least, as the virtual line between public and private was subjected to a technical glitch.


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