Motley Vision readers are welcome, of course, to comment on individual posts by clicking on the ‘comments’ link at the bottom of each post. But there may also be times when you have something that deserves its own submission. Feel free to e-mail if you want to submit something or have a post idea, but here’s what I’m looking for:
1. Brief reviews of works of Mormon fiction, poetry, theater and film. Preference will be given to reviews of works that are new, obscure, unique, well-written or all four. That means I’m not interested in reviews of Charly or God’s Army. If in doubt, e-mail me.
2. Reports of Mormon marketing events such as film/theater premieres or author readings that are either major [i.e. big enough that the mainstream news media would report on them] or have a unique or interesting element to them. Example: An author reading/signing where the author reads and signs is not of interest. What I want to hear about is an author reading where the author leads the audience in the singing of LDS hymns or juggles flaming tennis balls or storms out halfway through because someone asks a dumb question.
3. News that impacts the field of Mormon publishing or studies — major author signings, new publishing companies, theater companies, or film studios, strategy shifts for established Mormon publishers, key management and personnel changes, changes in practices or policies regarding author/editor or author/publisher relations, new academic courses on Mormon literature, teasers of upcoming papers or presentations on Mormon literature, etc.
4. Reports of interesting, unique, quirky, evocative or unintentionally hilarious products or books, cd, or dvd promotions and ads, both print and Web.
5. Short works of Mormon criticism and theory. I’m especially interested in:
a. criticism of works that deal explicitly with the Mormon experience
b. criticism that attempts to use Mormon thought to comment on ‘gentile’ literary works
c. criticism that explores Mormon literature as a field — e.g. issues of canon formation, literary history, audience reception, institutionalization, etc.
Mechanics: Submissions should be sent in the body of an e-mail to: motleyvision at gmail dot com [that means no attachments]. Don’t forget to include links to cited or related Websites. Also remember that I’m a Web editor at my day job — I place a premium on the ability to be concise yet informative/entertaining. I will only consider anonymous or pseudonymous (that include Internet handles) submissions for news or events coverage where the use of a “real” name could create difficulties for the submitter. All others must include a byline.