Here’s the complete schedule for 2013: themes, descriptions, deadlines, dates, and all!
FEBRUARY 25: HOOKERS AND BLACKJACK
text deadline: Tuesday, February 19
art deadline: Saturday, February 23
Build your own theme park! But remember, what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.
MARCH 25: TEA FOR TWO (F/F SPECIAL)
text deadline: Tuesday, March 19
art deadline: Saturday, March 23
How do you ladies take your tea? Hot? Sweet? Spiked?
APRIL 29: PLAYING DOCTOR
text deadline: Tuesday, April 23
art deadline: Saturday, April 27
Whether you’re suffering from a broken heart or a terminal case of handsomeness, the doctor is in.
JUNE 24: HEROES AND VILLAINS
text deadline: Tuesday, June 18
art deadline: Saturday, June 22
Calling all caped crusaders and men of steel: your city needs you now more than ever.
AUGUST 26: ON WRITING
text deadline: Tuesday, August 20
art deadline: Saturday, August 24
Bibliophiles, rejoice! This issue celebrates books and the people who like to create, compile, collect, critique, and/or consume them.
SEPTEMBER 23: DISTANT SHORES (ARTIST SPECIAL)
text deadline: Tuesday, September 3
art deadline: Tuesday, September 17
Our third artist special focuses on far-off places and the fun of going (or not going) there.
OCTOBER 28: MASQUERADE
text deadline: Tuesday, October 22
art deadline: Saturday, October 26
Mistaken identities? Clever disguises? Elaborate costuming? Who was that masked man?
DECEMBER 16: THEME-FREE (BIG BANG*BANG)
text deadline: Tuesday, December 10
art deadline: Saturday, December 14
And as always, if you want your big story to have its big break, December’s the month to do it: the sky’s the (word) limit.
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