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