The "flip a common trope" writing prompt comes to an end
Read the stories written by other community members
The event in a nutshell
Over the past few months we’ve hosted a writing prompt for the community. The prompt focused on flipping a trope commonly associated with a particular genre. A writer could post the story on their own Substack, allowing us to cross-post it to our readers as well, or, as an XPress member, they could submit it via the submission form for potential paid publication. You can find out more about XPress membership here.
If you missed this event, don’t worry! There will be another one announced in our upcoming March newsletter, along with a follow up post explaining the prompt and the process in greater detail.
Huge thanks to all of the participants. Also, I’m thoroughly impressed with the caliber of writers here on Substack. So happy to have met you all. Your work continues to inform and improve my own writing. Thank you for being awesome!
The prize for participating in this round is 3 months of XPress membership!
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The participating stories
Elly’s Mystified Fluff wrote a classic high fantasy entry titled, "Chosen One". Elly had woven a ton of tropes into this magical short story featuring dragons, princesses, and the fates of destined heroes. It’s quite epic.
The Problematic Pen wrote a short story called “Isenhart”, reminiscent of an old fairy tale in which an elderly couple find that their good deed may not be for the greater good after all. You won’t want to miss this dark and twisty take.
Adrian’s Fiction completed an entry titled “Books Like White Elephants”, which was a new take on the classic tale by Ernest Hemingway called “Hills Like White Elephants”. Consider upgrading to a paid subscription to Adrian’s Fiction in order to check it out! I highly recommend it.
Kindling submitted a horror entry titled “Mountain Talk”. I’ve picked it up for paid publication and it will be featured as a Storyletter Original. Consider checking out Shaina’s work over on Kindling! I can’t wait to share this gripping tale with you.
Great to be involved, Winston. Enjoyed the reads.
This was a lot of fun and I enjoyed the other stories so much! Looking forward to the next prompt :-)