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Call for Submissions: Blackbird Video Essay Contest

Monday, March 16th, 2009

By Chris Teja


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.”

Essays can be submitted online or via snail mail by April 3rd and should be between two and ten minutes in length.

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3 responses

  1. Study Help For English Essays says:

    Blackbird is ok but the standard of writing is not so great.

  2. Absalom says:

    Blackbird is consistently rated as one of the best online journals available, having won the Million Writers Award for best online publication of 2007 by having seven stories selected as “notable stories of the year,” as well as being described by Library Journal as “one of the most successful, well-assembled online literary magazines available.” The journal made international news in 2006 for including a previously unpublished poem by Sylvia Plath. It regularly publishes both outstanding new writers as well as well-established writers including Pulitzer winners. The quality of writing it publishes is unrivaled.

  3. Essay Writing says:

    I would like to add one more thing, when planning a persuasive essay, follow these steps:

    1. Choose their position.
    2. Analyze their audience.
    3. Research their topic.
    4. Follow the proper format for their persuasive essay.

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