Here are our future themes. Multiple submissions welcome. Think outside the box. If you wish to write for an issue, but want to come up with a topic later, you can ask for a Placeholder. I want 8-10 submissions per issue, so an article goes live every Saturday.
March/April: Friendship, Not Romance
Deadline: Feb 17, 2020
Not every relationship has to wind up in a passionate embrace. Sometimes the best stories focus on two people who just “get” each other, or who become friends through hardship. Tell us about C.S. Lewis and Tolkien and the Inklings, or about Sam and Frodo’s climactic journey up Mount Doom, or a pair of hapless angels sort of saving each other across time, or any number of other literary or cinematic friendships that touched your heart or taught you something.
Claimed: Friendship / Brotherhood in “The Outsiders” book, Jack Aubrey & Stephen Maturin in the books by Patrick O’Brian, Beaches, Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Cycle, Anne Shirley and Diana Barry, Good Omens, Danny & McGarrett from Hawaii Five-0, the Eppes brothers from Numb3rs.
May/June: Favorite Historical Period
Deadline: April 17, 2020
Everyone has a time period that captivates them. That draws them. That means something to them. For one person, it may be the 1940s. For another, it’s when Marie Antoinette lived. Still another might adore Ancient Rome. What’s your favorite time in history and why?
Claimed: Ancient Rome, The Old West, Edwardian, The Gilded Age, The 1930s / The Great Depression, Regency, Tudor.
Deadline: June 17, 2020
Some people fall in love through letters. Others bare their souls. Letters were all John and Abigail Adams had, for many years of their life. A few people never met, but only corresponded through… letters. And yes, that can include e-mails. In this issue, we want to focus on the written word and how it unites. Tell us about Emily Bronte’s letters. Or Jane Austen’s letters. Or how two competing bookstore owners fell in love through letters in You’ve Got Mail.
Claimed: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society Book, Flannery O’Connor, The Shop Around the Corner / You’ve Got Mail, Long Distance Correspondence, Charlotte Bronte and Ellen Nussey, Lark Rise to Candleford, Signed Sealed Delivered.
Sept/Oct: Fairy Tales
Deadline: Aug 17, 2020
Grotesque and even harrowing, fairy tales have, for generations, taught moral lessons (and children not to take candy from strangers!). Over time, fairy tales have transformed to reflect the society they are in. Some brave authors still write fantastical fairy tales. Others take pokes at the old ones. We want to hear about them all, from the Grimm Brothers to Patricia C. Wrede and Once Upon a Time.
Claimed: The Power of Fairy Tale Retelling, Falling Snow by Skye Hoffert, Beauty & the Beast, The Death of Koshei the Deathless, Maleficent, Petrus Gonsalvus and Catherine, Snow White Happily Ever After by Robby London and Martha Moran, Grimm, The Princess Bride.
Halloween: Film Noir / Obsession
Deadline: Sept 17, 2020
For Halloween, let’s celebrate the dark and sinister corners of the soul… or maybe just a stranger lurking in the shadows. Pick your favorite film noir or story of obsession (does it drive them to madness? To throw their life away? Does it destroy them? Or help them heal?) and send a chill up our readers’ spines.
Claimed: Key Largo, The Blue Dahlia, Dead Again, Anakin / Padme in Star Wars, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Frollo/Esmeralda (The Hunchback of Notre Dame), Bois-Guilbert/Rebecca (Ivanhoe), Rey / Kylo Ren (Star Wars).
Deadline: Oct 17, 2020
Some stories cannot be told in two hours, and do not need multiple seasons. Whether based on a classic novel or an original concept, here’s your chance to introduce us to a miniseries that captivated your interest, made you sit up and take notice, or just plain entertained the heck out of you for hours on end. Surprise us!
Claimed: Little Dorrit, The Blue and the Grey (1982), The 10th Kingdom, Good Omens, Band of Brothers, Our Mutual Friend, Broken Trail.
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