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submission guidelines
Below you will find a breakdown of what sorts of stories we are currently accepting, our form of payment (sorry, no financial compensation yet), and the preferred formats and methods for submission. We exchange First Electronic Rights for your work, and reserve the right to reject submissions at our discretion.

Please keep in mind that despite our preferred types of categories listed below, Lab Productions is committed to publishing the best information possible. If you have a story which you feel deviates from these preferred requirements, yet still falls under the broader categories of music, by all means, send us your submission! Please make a note to this effect somewhere at the top of your correspondence so we know.

What We Need
We accept unsolicited and simultaneous submissions at any time as this is not an edition type ezine. Content will be updated as the content is approved.

Lab Productions is looking for original submissions. Length should be no more than about 2 pages. We are not that concerned at this time with length, but submissions that are just too long will be edited. In terms of music, we are looking for stories which fall under the categories of news, record or show reviews, or anything new and up coming. Commentary is currently open, if you would just like to make your opinions known, by all means do it. We will not accept any submission which is meant to harm or harass any juvenile. We are not a children's publication in any sense of the word, but we do not wish to alienate any individuals or groups, nor do we feel these elements are necessary in order to tell a good story.

Categories
Stories should fit in one of the following categories:

Music News / Reviews
Going to a concert? Just bought a kick ass CD? Write a review! Or do you just have some kickin' news you want to share about a particular band? Tell us the news. Pictures are a plus.

Bad Press
Satirical news about stuff we all know. Pictures are a plus.

Commentary
Has something pissed you off lately. Or made you really happy, write a story about it.

Film & Movies
We typically look for movies that are independent, experimental or controversial, but we are open to any submission. Pictures are a plus.

Interviews
Self explanatory, but will only be accepted if we are contacted prior to the story. This is a special category usually reserved for the staff.

The bottom line is this: tell us a story which will move us, lure us in with your style.

Legal Stuff
Upon acceptance of your submission, you will be giving us First Electronic Rights - the exclusive right to publish your work online for the very first time. Once your submission appears in our publication, full rights revert to you. First Electronic Rights are very similar to First Serial Rights, except that the former deals with publication with regard to the Internet for purposes of our publication. You can find out additional information concerning the exchange of literary rights from the following web sites:
Please, Please, Please, if you quote anything, provide a source.

Payment
Currently Lab Productions can offer only the satisfaction of seeing your submission in electronic print as well as gaining online name recognition.

Format and Submission Methods All submissions will be accepted through email or snail mail. Our preferred formats include plain text (.txt), rich text format (.rtf), MS Word format (.doc), and, of course, HTML. Zip or Tar compression formats are acceptable.

IMPORTANT: We encourage you to include a brief bio of yourself so that not only the editors but also our readers may gain a greater understanding of your work through knowledge of its author. Your email address will be included with the final uploading of your story so that you may receive email feedback directly from our readers. Note that your bio will not be made public until specific consent to do so has been gotten from you following acceptance of your submission.

All on-line submissions are to be sent via email to:
editor@labproductions.com.

snail-mailed to:
Lab Productions
2350 EAST CONTOUR
BATON ROUGE, LA 70809
(Submissions that are snail-mailed will not be returned)

Response time In general, we will be setting a window of about 6-8 weeks in which to get back to you. Based on our overall workload, this time frame may be shorter or longer. All reply information will be sent via email to the sending address from which the story was received unless otherwise noted.

That's it! Thank you for considering Lab Productions.



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