Please indicate which show you are submitting to in the title of your piece.
We're never alone. Paranoia has replaced privacy. Secrets are the new currency. The strangers who watched from the street now watch from within.
For 2014's issue of Black Candies, we we're looking for stories that explore the theme of "Surveillance." We want stories that not only touch on the contradiction of the securities of our modern era, but unearth the deeper terror, paranoia, and anxiety that results.
Even though words and phrases like "NSA," "drones" and "anonymous" have entered our vocabulary, we're not looking for political stories, per se (however, we would not be opposed to reading stories about evil drones). We want stories that hit hard, but aren't obvious; we'd rather have monsters than manifestos.
Creep us out. Make us fear for our safety.
As always, Black Candies encourages women and writers of color to submit.
Ryan Bradford, editor
Submit here for SSWA's monthly VAMP (Visual Art, Music, Performance) Showcase only. Please include a brief bio and your e-mail in the comments section when submitting. VAMPs are usually, unless otherwise noted, held on the last Thursday of the month.
Work should fall between 5-10 minutes in length. Between 140-160 words per minute is an average guide.
Please be aware that there is a rehearsal and critique process for all accepted VAMP submissions. With very few exceptions, rehearsals & crits are MANDATORY. If your piece is accepted and you can't make the first scheduled rehearsal please let us know right away. All reasonable accommodations will me made. We want you to give the best performance possible when we put you on stage.
All scripts are read and voted on by a blind peer review panel comprised of individuals who have performed at previous VAMP Showcases, to ensure bias or nepotism does not affect the selection process. Therefore, please DO NOT PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR SCRIPT.
Thanks, good luck, and please don't be disheartened if you aren't selected. I founded this organization and I've been rejected twice myself now. If you'd like feedback or have comments, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, just know that I never read the scripts myself.
- Justin Hudnall
The Far East Project, curating works about or involving San Diego's Eastern Counties, will be accepting poetry, non-fiction, art, photos and videos until September 1st, 2013. There is no page or word limit. We especially encourage journalistic pieces. Fiction will be considered but does not factor prominently in the collection's mission, which is to provide a myriad of experiences and perspectives about San Diego's East County.
Our advice is to focus on telling a specific story that stands all on its own, and from which the reader can glean information or aesthetic sense about the region.
Multiple-file uploads should be condensed into a zip file. All submissions to The Far East Project will be considered for BOTH print and electronic publication.
Please include a brief bio in the coverletter section of the submissions page.
DEADLINE: July 1st, 2013
We look forward to reading your work!
- Commercials - The live show takes "breaks" to play pre-recorded, faux-commercial sketches. Commercials
can be between 30 seconds and 1.5 minutes, the length of actual commercials. We want quick sketches
with a clear punch line. Special consideration will be given to
commercials you are able to film / edit yourself, so long as they meet our audio/visual
requirements (doesn't look and especially doesn't sound amateur). The less technical work we have to do, the better. Smart humor wins. Videos will also be hosted and promoted through So Say We All's website, YouTube channel, and social media.
- Monologue Jokes - Monologues will be topical and written by the team the week of the show. Monologue submissions have the most potential to change without notice, as they need to be in the host's voice. You're free to submit jokes at any time, but they may get missed if submitted more than a week before the show.
- Live segments, sketches, and more - We're
always looking for new segments. Desk bits, man on the street,
correspondents, games, etc. An example of a live bit would be "comic debate team," in which we had two comics on opposing teams argue for and against a hypothetical topic with the audience judging the winners. Anything you would expect to see on a late
night show, we want to read. Sketches should be submitted as completed scripts. Games, man on the
street, etc. should have a write-up about the segment in the form of a short 1-2 paragraph pitch.
All contributors will be given full credit for their work. We love collaborating with funny people. We're looking forward to reading your ideas and work.
- Genuine Class
We don't know why nobody else thought of it first, but we won't ask twice. So Say We All lays claim to an ongoing satire of the TED Talk conference with it's PHIL-X showcase, where writer performers present their fake expertise on made up topics with all the pomp and circumstance and obliviousness usually only reserved for TED, except they're actually self aware about it (ooooo burn!) We're accepting submissions for 5-10 minute long satirical presentations on any topic, whether social commentary through comedy or utterly fabricated, as long as it's funny, fresh, and believably close to what you'd see in a lecture format.
Upcoming PHIL-x showcase dates are forthcoming, so we're collecting material now!
- 5 - 10 minutes long. 150-180 words is considered a minute in page time.
- You must commit to attending all rehearsals. We will make multiple days and times available for you and accommodate your schedule to the best of our abilities, but come in knowing we blow people out the airlock if they aren't willing to rewrite, give feedback to others, rehearse, and most unforgivable, "flake" on us.
- The writer does not necessarily have to be the performer, but do Indicate in your cover letter all the people involved in your presentation.
- Presentations can involve more than one person onstage.
- We insist on the use of visuals in the presentation during your performance, Power-point style. You don't need to send us the images when you submit here, but know that you'll need them well in advance of showtime and your script can reference them. We can help with this.
- Provide your bio, including any performance or writing experience, in the cover letter section.
The Far East Project wants you to send us the images that best capture the soul of east county as you see it. Scanned family photos, portraits, landscapes of places, we want it all. Whether you shot on an expensive SLR, used your cellphone's camera, or broke out the photo album and started scanning, you can help us in our mission to create a living people's history of San Diego's East County.
Guidelines and info:
- Include a brief written description of the image's significance or its back-story in the comments section of the online submission form.
- State the location in which the photo was taken as well.
- Multiple submissions are encouraged.