Thursday, March 20, 2008

Radio Ephemera
(pictures and more info about the books)

A collaboration with the Prelinger Library - a very special collection of books, documents and other cultural bits — from the concrete & tangible to the abstract & etherized.

The Third Coast Festival's 2008 audio challenge invites producers, artists, writers and radio fans of all stripes (newbies to veterans) to submit finished audio works (aka Radio Ephemera) inspired by two books from the Prelinger Library, including the voice of a stranger, and lasting 2:30 – 3:00 minutes

"Trees as Good Citizens" Charles Lathrop Park, 1922
"Control of Body and Mind" Frances Gulick Jewett, 1908
"The Big Strike" Mike Quin, 1949
"Trailer Ahoy! " Charles Edgar Nash, 1937
"The Stork Didn't Bring You!"[The Facts of Life for Teenagers] Lois Pemberton, 1948


Radio Ephemerizing is easy as pie!

> Each Radio Ephemera (RE) submission must clearly reference two of the five selections displayed above. We leave it to you to find a connection that’s literal, metaphorical, or somewhere in between. You'll get a general sense of each book through the cover and title, and can also browse through each one (digitally) for text, details and further ideas for your production.

> Each submission must fall between 2:30 and 3:00 minutes in length.

> "Include the voice of a stranger" means just that. This can be a random street interview or an excerpt from film or tv, or any other manifestation of someone else's voice. Songs/music technically count, but seem the far too easy/obvious route, to us. Instead, we recommend that you actively seek out conversations, exclamations, declarations, etc.

> RE submissions may be documentary, fictional, or a hybrid of both.
> RE submissions will be accepted April 1 – midnight, August 3rd, 2008.
> Producers are limited to three RE submissions.

And an important one:

> Submissions that include the use of sound (beyond voices) are especially welcome. After all, it IS a radio project. Let the sounds help.

Questions? Check out the RE FAQ or just ask us directly.

How to submit to Radio Ephemera:

Email an mp3 of your audio submission to
Or mail it on CD to:

Radio Ephemera
Third Coast Festival
Chicago Public Radio
848 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Please include the following information:

- Producer name
- Mailing address and phone number (won't be publicized)
- Affiliated website (will be publicized)
- One-sentence summary of your submission
- List the two books from the Prelinger Library relevant to submission
- Note the stranger whose voice you've included

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