In keeping with this month’s theme of “Publication”, this prompt comes from a market that is actively looking for short stories right now!
Write a Fairytale With The Theme “Diamonds & Toads”
This prompt comes from Enchanted Conversation (see their guidelines here) and the reading period is open until March 30, 2017. They pay $30 for short stories that are accepted. You should really read the guidelines!
The story should be between 700 and 3,000 words. It is not a children’s publication.
I recommend reading a couple of examples at the site, then writing your own spin on a fairytale, not forgetting to include “diamonds and toads”!
- Write a quick first draft
- Go over the draft, looking for question and themes and figure out what the most interesting ‘story question’ consumed you while you were writing.
- As you revise the story, use that ‘story question’ as the driving force for decisions about what to cut and what to beef up.
- Make sure we care about your characters.