Below are two example stories that match the format described in the original submissions call here. When a submission looks like it's ready for the book, we find it more appealing. Write whatever you'd like and have fun.
Note: As long as you follow the five guidelines listed in the original call here, we'll happily read your story.
Howdy Bam and staff, please consider my Trapped piece for your anthology. It might also fit into the Culture or Siblings category. Email: email@example.com
A PUG STOOD INNOCENTLY POSING FOR A PICTURE
by Jim JazzMullin
…with worrying speedy licks matching the beats of Take Five. Remaining relaxed, yet . . . longing for the out side.
Daddy aims at him, bros, sis.
"Still, Stevie," Daddy said.
Yet he yearned for slide doors to open.
Jim was a sax player, pet lover, and chef. He really loved various foods, especially steak. No one on the planet could marinate one at his level of yummy. The recipe is a family secret that only his sons know. Ha ha.
Dear Bam and team, below you'll find my submission for your anthology. Please consider it in the Fight category or Satire. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
UNEASY SURVIVORS OF LIFE’S TRAIN WRECK
by Jimmy M JazzMullin
When forgotten souls were recalling trumpet tunes, anticipation before the two touched hands.
Fondled and kissed under an umbrella.
Gone were the days and nights of one thousand eyes of doubt and despair.
Kisses in the Rain became their song.
Jimmy M JazzMullin had many passions. What he loved to talk about aside from his kids tied between cars and jazz. He knew everything about jazz musicians and parts on cars you've never heard of probably. He often wrote many non-fiction stories.
Details of each submission:
Title centered, all caps around 42 characters (40 to 44-character limit checked) including spaces using wordcounter.net
“by,” lowercase and the writer name is in bold
Enter is hit once between the name and story
The story is exactly 42 words
Enter clicked twice after the story, then bio is centered.
In the 3rd person 42-word bio, only B in “Bio” is uppercase and the word is bold.
42 prompts below. They don't guarantee publication, but hopefully you'll get inspiration:
1. Some famous battle or instance in time that went down differently. How would the world be without phones? What if electricity was never discovered? What if the Chinese lost when they tried to overrun Tibet? Where would the Dalai Lama be now?
2. A world of prisoners.
3. Your death race story.
4. Your personal experience with a clown.
5. Clown saves a life.
Dystopia & Utopia
7. A world after technology fails. Is this a Dystopian or Utopian society? Was it one way at first and then another?
8. A world with one language and your dark twist.
9. Fairy tale with a fairy that has a tail.
10. Take your character into a video game (without plagiarizing that movie).
11. Your protagonist is a firefighter or a police officer or a doctor/nurse/teacher and so on.
12. Your protagonist is fighting to pass a test.
Hitchhiker's Guide to History "HGH" (Formally Historic Fiction category)
13. WWI or other non-WWII story (we get a lot of the latter) retold in 42 words.
14. Fictionalize your first encounter/interaction with someone who had an impairment. Were you scared? Was it a beautiful moment? What was the outcome?
15. Write a story about a tribal hero, real or fictitious.
16. Your monster-in-law story.
17. An animal detective solves a crime without words.
18. Rewrite Clash of the Titans originally and in 42 words.
19. Your detective dies.
20. Your main character is floating in space and chooses their favorite song while freezing to death.
21. A clairvoyant who gets messages from dead pets knocks on your main character's door.
22. Your main character is a clairvoyant who can only communicate with ghostly animals.
23. Rewrite Don Quixote in 42 words and keep it original.
24. A twin kills their twin and takes over their life, the spouse knows from the kiss and is cool with the change.
25. A story about inheritance drama that ends with a happy or sad ending.
26. A small town sports player who was a kid's hero, maybe yours.
27. A football story related to current issues. (The readers don't tend to favor political stories, but perhaps you can write it well?)
28. An epic basketball story.
29. Your main character is rebuilt with metal and seeks revenge on their childhood bullies now that they are strong.
30. Your main character builds a best friend to play catch with (does anything tragic happen? Or is there a tragic reason the protagonist made the friend in the first place?).
Sword & Sorcery
31. A knight fights a sorcerer. Who wins?
32. A princess saves her knight on the verge of death. Is there a twist aspect that you can reveal?
Thriller & Suspense
33. Your main character is a serial killer (motivations make a good hook, so what is it?) and the next victim is . ..
34. Where in time does your main character travel to, and why?
35. Write about your favorite trip and create a murder story in 42 words out of it.
36. Two vampire lovers. Do they die? Are their deaths natural or sinister or does one of them kill the other? Why?
37. A story about divorce from a child's or a pet's POV.
38. Your werewolf is a superhero who fights other monsters.
39. Poker game gone wrong. Your main character just had to call so and so a cheater.
40. A brothel brawl story in the old west.
41. Zombies get cured and the aftermath. How does your main character cope with once eating humans? Did you main character eat their best friend, spouse, child and remember?
42. A zombie story where only animals are zombies and how humans deal with the problem, or maybe a "Me and my zombie dog" tale.
Here is a blog listing all categories. They're not all listed above. For example, the Crime chapter needs four more stories to fill.
Click the picture to submit a story through Submittable or the email icon for a direct link:
As a reminder, please do not ask when the book will come out. The answer is always after we reach our goal.
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Good luck with your submission.