Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Dylan Days Festival

The Dylan Days Festival in Hibbing, Minnesota, USA has issued its 2009 call for entries for its Creative Writing contests. The annual contest based in Bob Dylan's hometown includes poetry, short fiction and one-act play categories. The deadline is March 15, 2009. Poetry and short fiction will be accepted through an online entry system but one act plays are accepted only through the post. Full details here.

"Content and subject matter are completely open, but should reflect what Bob Dylan came to be known for - an original voice who embraced a new direction, a unique vision with the power to move people."

Dylan has just allowed one of his songs be used in an advert which was aired for the first time during the Super Bowl last Sunday. This is not the first time he has allowed a song of his be used. Most famously his "Love Sick" was used in a commercial for Victoria's Secret lingerie.

Dylan himself wrote:

Advertising signs that con you
Into thinking you're the one
That can do what's never been done
That can win what's never been won
Meantime life outside goes on
All around you.

– Bob Dylan, "It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" (1965)

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