I mentioned a few months ago that I would love to run a lit/art collaboration project. It will be open to members and non-members, and if there's enough interest I'll contact some of our affiliates like #TeenArtists
to ask them if they're interested in hosting the art side. Any of you guys who also do art (any medium) are also very welcome to participate on that side (or both sides!).
This will be a challenge for writers to write a bit of a longer story. I'm thinking around 7,000 words (will be decided later). For some of you that may be nothing, for others who stick more to short prose this would be a great opportunity to try your hand at a bigger project. The incentive is: your story will be illustrated!
For poets too, you will be challenged to write a long poem (or group of poems). Perhaps a ballad which tells a story and can be illustrated like prose, or maybe a collection of themed poems which can be accompanied by art. I know less about poetry limits, but say minimum maybe 100 lines (again, to be decided later).
There is no maximum, other than the stipulation that it must be completed (and not just the first chapter done or something) before the deadline so it can be posted at the same time as the art. I would love to see some prose pushing 20,000 words and further, and poems making it into epic territory. You may already have an idea or if you don't, there will be prompts and other activities to help you along.
This will be rather a long project. Signups will open for a few weeks, followed by a several month long writing period. There will be periodic check-ins along the way where writers will log in how they're progressing (like we had in the Secret Santa). Towards the second half of the writing periods, writers will be asked to submit a description/summary of their story or poem for the artists to look over and give assignment preferences. Then after the writer-artists partnerships are assigned, they will be asked to contact each other directly to discuss the art (not just as a request from the writers, artists will get equal input and may also give feedback on the writing). Writers will have to share the details of what they're planning with the artists before they're finished to decide what should be illustrated.
There may also be signups for betas which can also work and help both writers and artists. Final completion and posting will be around December this year.
So, anyone up for it? Comment below if you'd like to be involved, for writing or art or possibly both (obviously you will not be assigned to illustrate yourself).