Remember that new Challenge we’ve been promising? It’s here.
- Choose an album of any genre of music by any artist or band or composer. The album must be 10 or more songs in length or over 40 minutes of music.
- Declare your album to us in a submit. We will add you to a public list on the Album Challenge page. You don’t have to write the entire piece before declaring your album. You must declare your album before submitting your entry.
- The list for entrants and their album is there so that people may see what has been chosen before they declare their album. There is no rule against two entrants choosing the same album.
- Write 500 (minimum) to 1000 (maximum) words for each song. Pay attention to the theme, the tone, the pacing, and the lyrics of the song. In other words, write to the song. If your album is under 10 songs but meets the length requirement, we will expect the maximum (1000) number of words for each song piece. Yes, we will be counting.
- Each song piece must fit with the other song pieces in one continuous plot. The entire album = one plot.
- The songs must be in order.
- The album must be taken as is. We will be checking to make sure that all songs represented on the album (and only those songs which appear on the album) are present in the submission, so be sure to clearly mark where in the narrative each song piece begins/ends.
- There is no restriction for fan fiction, screen plays, poetry, or prose. You may write in whatever format you wish, but it must be at least 500 words per song piece and your submission must have one plot (poets, you too) for the entire album.
- There is no restriction of genre (e.g., Romance, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Supernatural, etc.).
- There is no restriction for point of view, tense, or any other style choices. The plot may employ flashbacks. These flashbacks may be limited to one song piece or span several. All stylistic choices are allowed, provided each song is represented in order in your submission.
- As long as each song piece contributes to one overarching plot line, changing styles from song piece to song piece is permitted.
- Please alert us to any triggers that may be present in your plot (e.g., rape, spiders, violence, sex, incest, etc.) at the beginning of your submission.
- Entries are due by September 1st, 2012. Late entries will not be permitted to compete.
- Submit your entries to us as one continuous piece. Song pieces may be separated by song titles or otherwise separated if you wish, but the entire entry must be in one post or submission. You may submit your entry to us here or post your entry on your blog and submit a link to it here.
- This is a public Challenge. Your url will be attached to your entry. You may also include your name.
- If you declare an album but decide against entering, we will not remove your name from the Entrant Album Listing page, though there is no penalty.
We will reveal how the winner is chosen and the prize he or she will receive on September 1st, 2012.
- Song 1: I wake up.
- Song 2: I go to work.
- Song 3: I meet someone new.
- Song 4: We go somewhere unexpected.
- Song 5: We part.
- Song 6: I go home.
- Song 7: I go to sleep thinking of the new person.
- Song 8: I wake up.
- Song 9: I work.
- Song 10: I miss them.
- Song 11: The new person shows up unexpectedly.
If you have any questions or comments about the Album Challenge, please direct them to the Disqus comments section of this post or to our ask box. The rules for this Challenge may change as we receive input about the Challenge.
Get excited. Get writing.