Tiny Dancer Welcomes….

In fourteen minutes the ten crowd-sourced places disappeared. Congratulations to the following writers who have secured a place in Literary Mix Tapes Tiny Dancer. It is amazing to see 14 Aussies in the group.

We specially welcome our newest writers:
Joanne Anderton, Tomara Armstrong, Alan Baxter, Jessica Bell, Tom Dullemond, Wenke Gillner, LisaMarie Lamb, Len Lambert, Clive Martyn, Andrew McKiernan (who is also the anthology’s cover artist), Theresa Milstein, Jennifer Muirhead, Melanie Saward and Daniel Wynne.

Without further ado in alphabetical order (along with their song prompts) the cast and their lines for Tiny Dancer:

Sam Adamson  (UK) Lay me down in sheets of linen
Joanne Anderton (AUS) Ballerina, you must have seen her
Tomara Armstrong (USA) The boulevard is not that bad
Cath Barton (UK) Seamstress for the band
Alan Baxter (AUS) Jesus freaks, out in the street
Jessica Bell (GRC) LA Lady
Janette Dalgliesh (AUS) Turning back, she laughs
Rebecca Dobbie (AUS) Dancing in the sand
Josh Donellan (AUS) Hold me closer tiny dancer
Tom Dullemond (AUS) When I say, softly slowly
Laura Eno (USA) And now she’s in me, always with me
Wenke Gillner (GER) You’ve had a busy day today
Emma Kerry (UK) Pretty eyed, pirate smile
LisaMarie Lamb (UK) You’ll marry the music man
Len Lambert (UK) The tune she hums
Stacey Larner (AUS) Lying here with no one near
Monica Marier (USA) Tiny Dancer in my hand
Clive Martyn (UK) And now she’s in me, always with me
Andrew McKiernan (AUS) Piano man, he makes his stand
Laura Meyer (AUS) Only you and you can hear me
Theresa Milstein (USA) Looking on, she sings the songs
Jennifer Muirhead (AUS) The words she knows
Melanie Saward (AUS) Handing tickets ouf for God
Graham Storrs (AUS) But oh, how it feels real
Devin Watson (USA) In the auditorium
Daniel Wynne (AUS) Count the headlights on the highway

Editors
Tanya Bell (AUS) and Jodi Cleghorn (AUS)  Blue jean baby

… writing begins NOW!

Tiny Dancer Author Nominations

Writers are invited to nominate for one of the ten places available for the 4th Literary Mix Tapes anthology TINY DANCER by leaving a comment below.

The anthology, edited by Jodi Cleghorn and Tanya Bell, is slated for free web release 1st October 2011 (available for sale as an eBook and paperback on the 3rd October).

Tiny Dancer: Shadows at the Stage Door will explore the darker side of stepping into the limelight, using Elton John’s song “Tiny Dancer” to traverse the entertainment industry: past, present and future. Through the speculative-fiction lens the reader will be given front row seats to the stories of a cast, not exclusive to, ballerinas, concert pianists, street preachers, opera singers, performance poets, comedians, rock bands, bards, vaudeville acts, groupies and any other entertainment professionals our twenty-six writers invite to take centre stage.

The Specifics

  • All stories must be in one of the genres, or sub-genres collected under the broader speculative fiction grouping.
  • Stories must be inspired, influenced or shaped by the nominated song lyric.
  • Stories to be 1500 words +/- 5%
  • Writing begins 17th July for three weeks (18/07 – 07/08)
  • Editing begins 8th August for three weeks (08/08 – 28/08)
  • Nominations for song lyrics must be turned in within 24 hours of official notification of a place in the anthology. (Each writer may nominate in order of preference three lyrics).
  • remuneration is a flat $15.00 payment & contributor copy (or paperback copies in lieu of cash payment)

The Song Lyrics

  1. Blue jean baby
  2. L.A. lady
  3. Seamstress for the band
  4. Pretty eyed, pirate smile,
  5. you’ll marry a music man
  6. Ballerina, you must have seen her
  7. Dancing in the sand
  8. And now she’s in me, always with me,
  9. Tiny dancer in my hand
  10. Jesus freaks out in the street
  11. Handing tickets out for God
  12. Turning back she just laughs
  13. The boulevard is not that bad
  14. Piano man he makes his stand
  15. In the auditorium
  16. Looking on she sings the songs
  17. The words she knows
  18. The tune she hums
  19. But oh how it feels so real
  20. Lying here with no one near
  21. Only you and you can hear me
  22. When I say, softly slowly
  23. Hold me closer tiny dancer
  24. Count the headlights on the highway
  25. Lay me down in sheets of linen
  26. You had a busy day today

Welcoming Tanya Bell

We welcome Tanya Bell to Literary Mix Tapes as our first Associate Editor.

Tanya’s ‘no stone left unturned’ approach to editing, coupled with her skills as a story teller and empathy for the writing process made her the logical choice for the position of Associate Editor.

A self-professed ‘book addict’, Tanya is a graduate of Literature Composition at Griffith University and has worked as a freelance manuscript appraiser. In January this year she was one of the twenty strong team of volunteer readers for 100 Stories for Queensland.

Deck the Halls is Tanya’s first editing brief, preparing the original Literary Mix Tapes’ stories for publication in paperback. Tanya will be joint editor with Jodi Cleghorn on Tiny Dancer, Deck the Halls II and Hotel California (2012).

Tiny Dancer is Coming…

Literary Mix Tapes’ third anthology for 2011 Tiny Dancer will open its doors next week for the crowd-sourced portion of the writer line up. Ten places are available for writers near and far. The nomination post will go live Tuesday 12th July 9am (AEST) and the first ten writers to leave a comment expressing their interest in being involved will be welcomed into the fold.

Tiny Dancer: Shadows at the Stage Door will explore the darker side of stepping into the limelight, using Elton John’s song “Tiny Dancer” to traverse the entertainment industry: past, present and future. Through the speculative-fiction lens the reader will be given front row seats to the stories of a cast, not exclusive to, ballerinas, concert pianists, street preachers, opera singers, performance poets, comedians, rock bands, bards, vaudeville acts, groupies and any other entertainment professionals  our  twenty-six writers invite to take centre stage.

Writers will be given a three week period to write a 1500 word story in (beginning Monday 17th July), with an additional three week editing period.

Tiny Dancer: Shadows at the Stage Door is slated for release on the 1st October and will feature a front cover by Australian writer and illustrator Andrew McKiernan.