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Short stories inspired by the cinema
« on: February 14, 2006, 12:57:38 PM »
Submissions are currently invited for Paging Mr Hitchcock, an anthology of short stories inspired by the cinema. Stories can be any length (though 4000 to 7000 words preferred) and should be inspired either by a particular director or cinematic style. Payment is by negotiation. Further details (copied from the website) can be found below. For more info, visit:

an anthology of dark stories inspired by the cinema

Whatever differences we acknowledge between film and prose, it cannot be denied that the two have a major relationship. Cinema has always sought the printed page to inform its storytelling, while authors continually recognise the influence of the screen. Nevertheless, the two media are not interchangeable. Quite enough has been discussed concerning the transition of text to camera, but little has been explored regarding the alternative route: the way literary writers use the imagery and ideas of directors to create their own effects with words.

This book will allow contributors to display how film has shaped their work. Rather than paying homage to a specific film genre, we want authors to choose either a favourite director or a cinematic "style" or sub-genre (see below for suggestions) in order to reveal this. The idea is to demonstrate how different techniques of the camera might be captured, developed or even eschewed by prose. Show us the limitations and advantages of drawing upon the screen; be clever and inventive. Avoid pastiche or a simple conversion of themes, etc — push yourself, and fiction, into new expressionist quarters…

Stories can be any length, though there will be a preference for 4,000-7,000 words; still, if you’ve got a fine novella, send it along. HOWEVER, please send a short synopsis of your story first, the better to avoid overlap. Email your synopses/submissions to BOTH Gary Fry and Gary McMahon at submissions — we're not fussy about font and format, but do make it legible. That's it! Get writing!

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