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REMINDER: Calling all writers/artists!

REMINDER: Calling all writers/artists!

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I'm sending out a reminder for art, stories, poems, drabbles, et al for inclusion in either DLDV 6 or Timeless 4. Right now, submissions have been spare. If you have submitted something and haven't heard from me, give me another week. I'm in Chicago at a vidder con (trolling for vids) and am trying to catch up on the down time, but I'm dancing as fast as I can. I am finding writers today just assume their work may not be "good enough" for a zine. While I have been reaching out to some of you and asking for stories, please don't wait for me to tap you on the shoulder. Consider submitting it for the zine. If I accept you, you get a free zine out of it. If it isn't "ready" for a zine and you aren't comfortable yet with the editing process, that's okay. No harm done. You can post it, and maybe the next story will be the one you want to submit. More and more I see things posted on line and just wish someone had thought to send it to me. Information on the submission process follows.

This is a SHareCon year, and that means, I hope, new zines! But there can be no new zines without contributors. Please consider submitting a story or original art for either Dangerous Lives, Dangerous Visions 6, or Timeless 4. You can see images of previous issues and information about DLDV on fanlore at http://fanlore.org/wiki/Dangerous_Lives,_Dangerous_Visions. You can find
images and information on the Timeless zines on fanlore at http://fanlore.org/wiki/Timeless_(Starsky_and_Hutch_zine) <http://fanlore.org/wiki/Timeless_%28Starsky_and_Hutch_zine%29>.

Originally, DLDV accepted stories that were outside the familiar themes of partnership and romance, such as alternate universe (AU), triads, death stories, non-consensual stories, bdsm, stories that broke down the wall between fiction and reality, and other unusual themes. But times have changed, and fannish tastes have broadened. While I still love to see those challenging stories, in recent years I've hosted more familiar fare, more humor, and even good old fashioned romance. So please don't think your story "won't work" for the zine. Let me see it! We need variety.

Timeless is a theme zine for AU stories. What do I consider AU? It can be as complex as putting our boys in another country and another time or a fantasy world of your own creation. Or it can mean changing just one thing about their normal universe. What if Starsky's dad was still alive, or if Starsky was never sent to LA as a kid? Or what if Hutch had stayed in Duluth and went to work for his father or became a doctor or lawyer? The possibilities are endless.

I'm looking for stories that are varied in length: long stories, short stories, send 'em. Every contributor who has a story or artwork accepted gets a free zine, and that means I pay the postage, regardless of where the contributor lives. If you are working on a story and someone is interested in producing art for it, I will be happy to discuss that with you. I am also willing to accept poems and very short pieces, however, due to the economics of producing a zine, poetry or drabble submissions should be minimally a thousand words (or close to that). That may mean several poems from a single author, or ten 100 word drabbles from a single author.

And, finally, while DLDV and Timeless have been primarily slash zines, I have included gen stories in the past and will consider them again. I'd like to get stories as soon as possible. If you think you might have something for me, please drop me a note.

Important note: Authors must be willing to have their work edited. I would prefer that your story not be pre-edited or "betaed" by anyone else. That's my job. I'd like to see your material fresh. Editing is a collaborative effort involving time and effort on both the writer and editor's part. While authors have the final say about the content of their story, zine producers have the final say on what material they see fit to publish.

Authors and artists agree that all material accepted for publication will be exclusive to the zine for one year from publication unless some other agreement is reached. That means that under normal circumstances, material in the zine is not to be published on any Internet media or location, or in any other zine, and we also ask authors to refrain from sending private copies to friends.

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