Calling for Pop Culture Submissions
In October, I shared my goal for 2014 – to post a story every day in January about a play, song, TV show, film or book that has had a special impact on someone’s life. I’ve had the privilege of getting to know some amazing people because of a TV show and I know others share similar stories. I only hope that you will consider sharing your story, because I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than reading how one person’s passion made his or her life shine a little brighter.
Please submit your story to email@example.com by December 20, and please try to keep submissions under 800 words. Photos may be included.
Originally posted on October 11:
Hello Pop Culture Nexus Friends!
This year has been really crappy. Sorry folks, I usually don’t get personal and I never allow myself to be pessimistic in my posts, but I have to make an exception. 2013 has been a difficult year for me. Professionally, it has been a successful one, however, personally, this year has been an obnoxious bully filled with medical emergencies, losses, depression, a grudge, anger, and helplessness. There’s still 2.5 months left in the year, but I’m already looking forward to starting anew. I have no clue if 2014 is going to be as challenging as this one and I can’t control what will happen, but I can control how I will kick off the new year. This is where I need your help. In addition to family and friends, stories and characters help me get through difficult times. They bring me joy and that uplifting smile at the most random moments when I’m reminded of a scene or dialogue. Stories told in plays, songs, TV shows, film, and books are powerful — powerful enough to transport or ground us. We can use stories to escape or remain in reality to gain a better understanding of life. We all have experienced those moments in life when a song helped us weather a difficult time or a play communicated the words we could not verbalize ourselves. Perhaps it was a character or fandom that inspired you to take that frightful but necessary leap. These are the moments I want to celebrate when 2014 begins. I want to post a story every day in January of pop culture providing joy/comfort/understanding/closure/satisfaction in someone’s life. Perhaps you met your lifelong friends at comic-con or included a cinematic theme at your wedding. Whatever that special moment is, please consider sharing it because your story might inspire others.
Submit your story to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 20. Please try to keep submissions under 800 words and photos may be included.
Thanks everyone. This will be an exciting way to start 2014!