There’s a Tumblr post that goes around Facebook every few years—about how much the OP wants an epic fantasy where the “chosen one” is a retired grandma with a lifetime of experience who goes on her quest with her knitting bag, two cats, and an attendant to manage her medications.
If you aren’t on Tumblr you may not know that there is practically a genre of Tumblr posts about “stories I want to see.” Most of them are twists on common tropes and classic character types.
Here are a few examples*:
- Post-Apocalyse with Disabled Main Characters
- Where do mermaids come from?
- World-saving scars
- Grandma: werewolf savior
- Tiny dragon defends his hoard
- Non-Angsty Vampires (for oh-so-many reasons)
Your Mission: Should You Choose to Accept It
Write a story either based on a Tumblr-twists or an idea that would make a great Tumblr-twist.
Submit it to us on or before December 15th 2017.
Length: 4,000-25,000 words
Pays: on publication, $25 per accepted story
Cover letter should include: Your name/pen name, the title of the story, word count, and either a link to the Tumblr-twist that inspired the story or one-line premise that you think would make a good Tumblr-twist.
Submission method: email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Remember to use standard manuscript format
Rights: Electronic Anthology Rights, non-exclusive. Reprints welcome.
Increase Your Chance of Getting Accepted
Write an inclusive story
Watch your tropes
Don’t be the 12th person to send us a Tiny Dragon story—we love the examples we gave, but there are lots more Tumblr-twists out there. (That said, if you have an epic tiny dragon story—send it!)
*where possible we have linked to the original post and/or the earliest post that fully encapsulated the idea. Sometimes the OP had closed their account and we needed to link to one of the re-blogged versions of the post.