I'm putting together a collection of work on a chosen subject and I'd like
to formally make a call for contributors.
If you'd like to take part, ultimately what I'd like from you is :
1. A name and email address (real or imagined) with which your work will
2. X pages of your finished work where X is a number between 10 and 15
depending on how out of hand this gets. The finished work should be something
that can be
reproduced electronically. So for example, posting me 100 yards of barbed
wire to stick onto a page isn't going to work. It needs to be something
that can be represented electronically and on paper. Ideally your finished
work should be in a format that I can actually open, the higher the resolution
the better. Generally speaking.
3. The due date is the 1st of March. So that's a couple of months and a bit.
When everything is submitted I then aim to do the following :
1. Collect every ones work into a PDF. This will closely resemble a minimalist
book type format which will then be distributed freely under some sort of
license (Creative Commons probably) free to download and distribute.
2. The license should require your permission should
someone want to use your work commercially. This is to prevent things like
Pepsi using your work without permission and plastering it across bus
3. Optionally I might try and produce some 'ready for print' versions, so
should you want to have a hard copy of the finished product it should just
be a case of giving the file to a local printer. This part entirely depends on how
carried away I get.
4. I estimate it'd take me a month or two to format everything into the
right shape and sort out any issues with file formats, computers, and generally swear a lot
about technology and say things like "what bloody year is this !?" way too often.
5. I shall endeavor to find someone interesting to write the introduction.
In lieu of anyone interesting I'm afraid it might end up being me.
You may be forgiven for thinking I've not specified what form the work
should be in. The obvious answer here is photos, but really I'm not going to
turn you down if you want to write an essay/story, some drawings, comic strip,
collage etc. If your work is in a physical medium, then obviously taking
photos of it is what you want to be doing, and not sending me a full scale installation of a back garden full of washing lines!
The topic is 'lines'. Again, deliberately vague. if you're stuck for ideas
hit up the dictionary for the definition of a line and you'll find a fair bit of inspiration.
Sound good so far? Any questions, feel free to hit me up in the comments.
Similarly if you want to take part, add a comment and I'll add you to
I should add as a disclaimer, I've never done anything like this before.
So please don't hate me if the finished product ends up looking like a
party in a cheese factory!