Presenting: Soapbox, an MSU Diversity Services x Incite Magazine Publication Collaboration

We are thrilled to announce our new upcoming project in collaboration with MSU Diversity Services: a community zine for Black, Indigenous and People of Colour students at McMaster! A zine can be described as a mini magazine, with an emphasis on expression, art, and creation.

“Soapbox” will serve as a collection of digital works using various media created by BIPoC artists. Historically, a soapbox is a box or crate used as an informal platform for public speakers, allowing them to speak and share their views. In that same regard, Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour have always protested and fought for their voices to be heard, if not on a podium, then in the streets. This publication aims to create a platform where the voices, experiences, and lives of BIPoC contributors are not only seen and heard but valued and prioritized.

Of course, Incite’s current Editorial Board hopes that the two other issues that we have been working on this year (as well as future volumes to come, as we pass the publication onwards) will also reflect these values and efforts. That said, it was important for us—especially the BIPoC staff among us—to create a space that's explicitly and proudly centered around BIPoC voices. The previous editorial team had voiced their commitment to publish an Incite issue dedicated to highlighting BIPoC voices last winter, and we’re so happy now to be teaming up with the folks at MSU Diversity Services to pool our resources and see this through on a larger scale. This work can’t—and won’t—end here; we’re excited to push forward with more in the future, just as we’re excited to see this first issue come to life.

We know that this year has been especially challenging. We hope that the publication may provide a platform for BIPoC artists to share and showcase their art to the McMaster community, however that is no longer enough. We want to give artists the opportunity to receive compensation for their work. Contributors will be able to receive $20 in the form of a cheque for each piece that is selected for publication. 

Pieces must be submitted by February 15, 2021. Go forth!

Learn more about this initiative
Submission form for Soapbox Pieces

Have you seen our new site at

Drumroll, please: we’re super excited to unveil our new website at! With the pandemic putting us online this year, we knew that it was finally the time to get with the times, and make sure that students’ work could be showcased in one compact, stylish place—alongside more information about our publication, more accessible pitch submission forms, a nifty events calendar, transparent financial information for students, an FAQ page that we can update, and so much more.

Stay tuned as well for more updates to the site (like staff profiles and curated resources for arts of all kinds!), plus some fancy new asynchronous initiatives we’ll be testing out during this winter semester to continue connecting the McMaster community through the arts.

Have any feedback, or notice any glitches with our new website? Our inboxes are wide open!

Check out the new site now

About Incite

Est. 1997, Incite Magazine is McMaster University’s independent arts and culture publication featuring personal essays, fiction, poetry, commentary, research, interviews, sketches, photography, paintings, digital art, and more. We aim to foster the growth of a creative community promoting self-expression, collaboration, and dialogue within our university campus and city of Hamilton. Every aspect of Incite’s writing, graphics, layout, video, and event production is carried out by our wonderful student volunteers.

The Incite team would like to recognize that McMaster sits on the traditional territory shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and the Anishinabe nations, which was acknowledged in the Dish with One Spoon wampum belt. That wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need. Rather than simply making this acknowledgement as a tokenized gesture, we would also like to reaffirm our publication's commitment to better serving the Indigenous peoples and the land through the creative works that we showcase in our publication, the voices that we strive to amplify, and the specific spaces and initiatives that we create.

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