Honest and Unmerciful

Writing for Trebuchet. If you can give us 500 words on Black Sabbath that demonstrates; focus, research, differentiation, and appeal you’ve got a gig.

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The late, great controversialist Lester Bangs, considered one of the most iconic music journalists of all time, gave Cameron Crowe his first real assignment: 500 words on Black Sabbath (Or at least that’s how it goes in Almost Famous).

In the frame of Trebuchet, we ask all new writers to strive to be factual and unique in often unfamiliar territory. So given the subject of Black Sabbath, one of the most written about bands in history, each writer is required to be original in their perspective and scintillating in their prose to scream above the noise.

Writing for Trebuchet: the basics. 

  1. You must write in the third person.
  2. Your arguments must be based in fact, progress logically, and lead somewhere resounding.
  3. You need to give your piece a TITLE and a SUBHEADING – this should describe the core idea and premise of your article in an appealing manner.
  4. Reading through other pieces on the subject (i.e Black Sabbath) you should try to find an approach that is different from the others. It has to be fresh.

In short: focus, research, differentiation, and appeal.

Bon chance and happy hunting.

2020 Addendum: It’s important to read through the other articles on Black Sabbath we’ve published and use that as your guide on what NOT to repeat. We’re looking for a bit of spark! Not necessarily super technical nor flashy writing but something with a bit of insight, detail and soul. Sadly, this means that we won’t accept personal stories of first listens in small towns with old friends and cheap wine — third person treatise only please.



 Submit your 500 words on Black Sabbath here

[Bumped on 2 feb 2014 in memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman, originally posted August 9th 2011, revised often]
Credit: Illustration by Derren Toussaint. 2018.

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