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    Welcome, ladies and gents! The premise of this contest is simple – you pick an album and you write a story based around the themes. Each of the albums below is considered a concept album – an album that has a recurring theme or story behind the songs or lyrics - in its own right, no matter how loosely the term is applied. Your task, should you choose to accept it, is to write a story based around the tracks and overall theme of the album. Sounds simple, right?

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    • Please follow Mibba’s story guidelines. Failure to do so will result in disqualification.
    • Use correct grammar and spelling throughout. I don’t expect perfection, but please utilise spellcheck and the site betas if you aren’t confident with your own editing skills.
    • Pre-writes are allowed as long as they fit the criteria and themes of your chosen album.
    • Minimum of five chapters. No maximum. Stories do not have to be finished by the deadline.
    • Try to avoid fanfiction of the bands. Focus on the theme of the album itself.
    • Rated R and under if you can, please. Exceptions may be made if you speak to me first.

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    • A 200-word comment on a story of your choice.
    • Recommendations of two stories / poems of your choice.
    • Detailed comments on two poems of your choice.
    • Two subscriptions to any pieces of your choice.
    • Two 100-word comments on any short stories of your choice

    First place can choose three, second chooses two and third gets to choose one. The first-place entry will also be reviewed in the Mibba Magazine. All entries will receive a detailed comment.

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    All entries must be submitted with at least five chapters completed by December 31st, 2014. There is no deadline for entry.

    Winners will be announced by January 7th, 2015.

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    This is by no means an exhaustive list – rather an amalgamation of every concept album I have listened to myself. If you wish to write about an album you believe to be a concept album that isn’t on this list, please ask and I will see if I can add it in.

    A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park
    XXXataktoulaXXX with entry
    Tipsy Returns with entry

    American Idiot – Green Day
    writtenasrae with The Untitled American Idiot Project
    CallusedSilk with entry

    Autobahn – Kraftwerk



    Bookends – Simon and Garfunkel



    Brand New Eyes - Paramore
    georgiamarie33 with entry


    Cinematics - Set It Off
    heroes. with entry


    Demon Days – Gorillaz
    RoCk_PrInCeSs_PR with Survive.


    En kleines Bisschen Horrorschau – Die Toten Hosen



    Ever After – Marinas Trench
    reckless-lullabies with entry


    Everything in Transit – Jack’s Mannequin
    i saw sparks with Stella Polaris
    seahaven; with entry

    Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
    m a l i t i a with entry


    Folie à Deux - Fall Out Boy
    tabula rasa. with Folie à Deux


    For Emma, Forever Ago – Bon Iver
    Brand New with entry
    Atlas Finch with entry

    Hospice - The Antlers
    Knochen with entry


    Leftoverture – Kansas



    Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness – The Smashing Pumpkins



    Minecraft: Vol. Beta – C418



    Mylo Xyloto – Coldplay
    unapalomayunaflor with entry
    fogbound. with entry

    Parklife – Blur



    Rise of the Runaways - Crown the Empire
    BringMeTheFuentes with Rise of the Runaways


    Save Rock & Roll – Fall Out Boy
    ironi1234 with Save Us (and Rock and Roll)


    Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
    NothingGoldCanStay. with entry


    Songs for the Deaf – Queens of the Stone Age
    daughter with entry


    Supersonic – Younha
    Javin Pilotte with entry


    Tales Don’t Tell Themselves – Funeral for a Friend



    Torches - Foster the People
    iggy. with entry


    The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance
    Cupcake Violence with entry
    Scarlet Fields with entry

    The Resistance – Muse



    The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars – David Bowie



    The Second Stage Turbine Blade – Coheed & Cambria
    jesse pinkman. with entry
    Not Your Mascot with I'm Not and You're Not and We're Not

    This Is War - 30 Seconds to Mars
    chekov. with Brave New World


    Welcome 2 My Nightmare - Alice Cooper
    CuppaJoel with Well, Hell


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    April 22nd, 2014 at 11:13pm
  • bellamy blake

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    @ house of cards.

    I'd love to do Everything in Transit since it's kind of one of my favorite albums tehe

    This is an amazing idea for a contest, btw Cute
    April 23rd, 2014 at 12:00am
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    I'm in. Could I do Jack's Mannequin please? Also are short stories allowed? Or do the chapters have to be super long?
    April 23rd, 2014 at 12:03am
  • nearly witches.

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    @ i saw sparks
    Sure thing! It's one of my faves too. tehe

    Why thank you. Cute

    @ seahaven;
    You can indeed! I'll add you onto the list when I'm back on my laptop.

    Your story must be 5 or more chapters, but the length of those chapters is entirely up to you. Cute
    April 23rd, 2014 at 12:05am
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    This contest is beautiful, oh my gosh.

    And such a beautiful deadline.

    May I please, please, PLEASE have Marianas Trench's Ever After, please? I'm kinda sorta completely in love with it. In Love
    April 23rd, 2014 at 01:44am
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    hii this is an amazing idea. Can I join with Demon Days – Gorillaz?
    April 23rd, 2014 at 02:12am
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    @ house of cards.
    Just seeing Kraftwerk and Coheed&Cambria on here made me melt with infinite happiness. This is beautiful. Ugh.
    However, I'd like to differ from the set and join with an album I believe not to be a concept album (as it has no words), but to be a story in itself. Minecraft: Volume Beta - C418.
    April 23rd, 2014 at 04:24am
  • Ethan Chandler.

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    @ heroes.
    I'd like to join, please. Can I have Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club by the Beatles?
    April 23rd, 2014 at 04:41am
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    @ house of cards.
    I'd like to join with A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park.
    April 23rd, 2014 at 05:33am
  • nearly witches.

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    @ heroes.
    Why thank you. tehe I figured people would like the deadline. Wink

    You can indeed! I'll get you put down just now!

    @ RoCk_PrInCeSs_PR
    Yup, you can! I'll get your name added once I'm finished with this reply. Cute

    @ vechsian.
    What can I say, I have an awesome music taste. Cool

    Sure thing. If the album has a cohesive theme / story, then you're good to use it regardless of whether it has lyrics or not. I was considering putting down an album by Jean Michael Jarre down, but the odds of anyone knowing who that was on here are slim to none, so I just left it.

    @ NothingGoldCanStay.
    I'll add your name down just now!

    @ XXXataktoulaXXX
    Sure! I'll get you added shortly! Cute
    April 23rd, 2014 at 10:38am
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    Would it be possible for me to do Torches - Foster The People? I'm not entirely sure whether it's a concept album though Think
    April 23rd, 2014 at 05:33pm
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    @ swell
    I'm not a massive fan of theirs, so I'm not too sure if they had a specific theme running behind the album but from what I can see, all of the lyrics seem pretty close in theme and story, so it should be fine! Cute
    April 23rd, 2014 at 05:52pm
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    omg this contest is fantastic! Crazy Could I pretty please have Ever After by Marianas Trench? I think seeing that amazing deadline made me fall in love with you! Arms
    April 23rd, 2014 at 09:25pm
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    @ reckless-lullabies
    You definitely can! The deadline is just because I'm lazy and wanted to give people enough time. I know I'd still be struggling to hit that deadline though. Procrastination. tehe
    April 24th, 2014 at 08:47pm
  • Javin Pilotte

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    May I have The Second Stage Turbine Blade? =D
    April 27th, 2014 at 10:54pm
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    Can I have coldplay?
    April 29th, 2014 at 02:37am
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    @ Javin Pilotte
    @ unapalomayunaflor

    (Apologies for the late reply)

    I've added you both! Cute
    May 5th, 2014 at 01:13pm
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    (Wait, I just noticed people can pick albums not on the list.) Actually, can I switch mine to Supersonic by Younha? :3 (Not too sure it's a concept album though either.)
    May 5th, 2014 at 04:38pm
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    @ Javin Pilotte
    I don't know the album but from looking at it, there seems to be a cohesive theme so if you still want to, I can change you from Coheed to that? Cute
    May 6th, 2014 at 11:59pm
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    Javin Pilotte:
    May I have The Second Stage Turbine Blade? =D
    Despite the fact that you changed it... I am stoked others know Coheed
    May 7th, 2014 at 12:38am