Monday, March 16th, 2009
There are a million different ways to tell a story in the 21st century. The options can even be overwhelming and sometimes we forget that there are ways to tell our stories beyond simply getting them down on paper. The video essay is one of many new and often overlooked mediums available to the modern storyteller.
Blackbird, an online literary journal produced by Virginia Commonwealth University, is currently accepting submissions for video essays to be featured in their Fall 2009 issue. Blackbird describes what they are looking for in a submission on their website, saying, “At its best, the video essay combines the visceral power of sound and image, building a sympathetic resonance with language and taking a direct route to the senses. We believe this emerging form of creative nonfiction to be, by its very nature, personal, poetic, open to invention. We invite your explorations.”