And now for something completely different. We are having a contest! We want YOU to write a Seamstress piece. You pick the song, any song. You write words, any words.
The winner will receive a brand new iPod Shuffle in the color of his or her choosing, within the limits of what Apple offers, of course: silver, blue, green, orange, or pink. First this brand new iPod in your very own color will travel to Atlanta, Georgia, where we will fill it with music handpicked by us. Then we will cast a spell upon it, after which it will become a bat signal, of sorts. When it slides in your pocket, clips on your lapel, and begins spitting out notes so sweet and fine, no one in your field of vision will be able to escape your exquisite eye, your instant allure, and somewhere, someplace, two seamstresses will blink, grin, run their fingers through their hair and say you, yes, you, you foxy thing, are one of us.
RULES: We tend to think rules are for the unimaginative. That said, people who wear baseball caps backwards or socks with sandals give us cause to rethink that some rules may be a good thing. Try to keep it under 1000 words. That said, there are single sentences that deserve Pulitzers. Your work can be in any form: poem, short story, true fiction, a reality you’ve hallucinated. It just must be original and previously unpublished. Contest is limited to native residents of Earth only. The winner will be chosen when at least 99 entries have been received, so please spread the word. Generating competition will help you win sooner. The winner’s entry will receive the magic iPod, and be published on our website with author credit along with his or her accompanying mp3. You may submit an original photo (of anything) along with it, or we can choose one for you. The first runner-up will also have his or her piece published on the website. All rights to your work remain yours. We don’t own you. We just want to borrow you for a day.
Submit entries with the text in the body of the email to email@example.com. You may attach the mp3 or include the name of the song and the artist and we will hunt it down ourselves. Please include your full name, the city or town in which you live and your state or country.
Don’t be shy. You look smashing today, and we know you’re brilliant.