|Inspiration: go after it with a club.|
If one is writing with the goal of publication in mind, what better prompt than those offered by publications themselves? Small presses and independent presses are great about putting out calls for stories based on a theme. Some of these prompts are broad, some are more specific.
It's been easiest for me to find these themed anthologies by using search engines, like Duotrope (subscription-only) or The Submission Grinder (free). Using their search options, you plug in the kinds of writing you're interested in, and the engine returns a list of results.
As of June 1, 2015, The Grinder returned a list of twenty fantasy anthologies that offer token payment or higher. On that list are fun ideas to spur a rush of creativity:
* Snowpocalypse: Tales of the End of the World by Black Mirror Press
* Gears, Gadgets, and Steam by Harren Press
* Game Fiction by Gold Shader
* Typhon: A Monster Anthology, vol. 1 by Pantheon Magazine
These submissions are usually time-sensitive, so dive in as soon as your other projects allow. And be sure to check dates on press blogs and release estimates. Some of these small presses go under or appear inactive before the anthology can be published. While the prompt may still be fun to explore, these may be poor prospects for publication.
If you find inspiration and wish to share your creation with me, please do the following:
* DO paste a link to your creation as a comment to the prompt you’ve used, OR if you don't post your writing publically, type a paragraph as a comment.
* If you post your story/poem on your blog, DO include a link back to my blog, Wordweaver.
* DO NOT copy anyone else’s work and publicize it as your own.