42-Word Stories Anthology

An anthology of 42 categories of 42 selected works of 42-word microfiction stories, and 42 art pieces, one per chapter. 


Guidelines:

Format the byline with 42Subs_Category_Author Initials (Example: 42Subs_SciFi_DNA)

42-character title including spaces (between 40 and 44 is okay)

42-word story

42-word third-person bio

Use wordcounter.net so our numbers match.

Read the submission instructions closely before clicking submit. A mistake might result in your submission going unread and rejected. 

There is a Story of Excellence Award per category, meaning one published work in each chapter can win. Each winner will either receive $.42 or have the option of adding the winnings to a pot that goes to one special charity. Winners will be announced in the newsletter, blog, and be notified by email.  

No multiple submissions (kind of). The goal is to publish 1,764 different writers. If you must send more than one story, use a pen name for each piece. The same bio is okay. Your stories will all be rejected if you do not follow this guideline. 

RIGHTS and FACTS:

You grant the 42 Stories Anthology and staff first serial rights to your original work. Rights revert back to you the author one year after publication. If your work is that of plagiarism, you agree to take full responsibility legally and otherwise for work you have claimed is originally yours.


Categories:

Note: Categories with few submissions are subject to alterations. 

  

1. Alternate Reality 

...We have received many stories about alternate presidents. Please be creative. 

2. Apocalyptic

3. Clown 

4. Craft of Writing 

…NO UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED

5. Culture

6. Crime Fiction

7. Dystopia & Utopia

…share your Black Mirror story in 42 words

8. Escape 

 ...lived through a car crash;
hunted and survived;
escaping a really good sales pitch

9. Fairy Tale

10. Fantasy
11. Fight 

...arenas, gladiators, blood in the sand;
fighting cancer;
fighting the system;
fighting against spousal abuse

12. Historical Fiction

…based on non-fiction is okay

13. Horror
14. Humor

15. Impairment 

...including all handicaps;
drug issues and depression;
non-fiction based;
any form applies.

16. Indigenous 

...Sherman Alexie anyone?
His dynamic writing
style inspired this chapter.

17. Macabre & Morbid 

18. Monster
19. Mystery

20. Mythopoeia 

…myth

21. Noir
22. Oddball category 

...your story is special and doesn’t fit a category:
here’s where it goes

23. Outer space

24. Paranormal
25. Parent Story 

...non-fiction in fiction form's okay;
good or bad parent

26. Poetic Prose

...music related is okay

27. Romance

…is your romance about two cats in love?
Cute.
Your protagonist is in love with a ghost?
That goes here.
Normal romance is okay too.

28. Satire

29. Science fiction

...aliens, robots, you name it goes here

30. Siblings 

...evil twin, wonderful brother, misunderstood sinister sister

31. Sports 

...non-fiction based is okay

32. Steampunk 

...example: Fullmetal Alchemist

33. Sword & Sorcery 

...sword story without the sorcery is okay and vice versa

34. Thriller & Suspense

35. Tragedy
36. Trapped

...there's a spider outside on my windshield and I can't leave the car;
trapped in a nightmare;
job;
actual nightmare;
under a rock

37. Travel story

...non-fiction based is okay

38. Vampire

39. War
40. Werewolves
41. Western 

...write about a gunslinger, bank robber, a cowboy
that hates guns;
take a shot

42. Zombie


Example submission:

   Byline: 42Subs_CLOWN_EAJ

   Hello. My email is eaj@eaj.com. This story would fit into your clown or monster categories. Thank you. 


 MY FIRST AND LAST ENCOUNTER WITH A MONSTER

                          by Eval Allan Jaeger

          I was seven years old when the clown attacked. 

      Right in my face, zany. Scary white hands. 

      Aggressive smile. “Hi, little boy," he exclaimed. "Do you       like balloo—ugh.” 

      Bozo never saw my fist coming. 

      Blood slid down from his squeaky red nose.

         Bio

    Eval Allan Jaeger was a blogger who went by Devilsthrill back in the Myspace days. He had the number one read blog then vanished from the Internet until the Project 42 Stories Anthology launched. He looks like Don Quixote and is fictitious.

Detailed guidelines here

 

42-Word Stories Anthology

No Fee

An anthology of 42 categories of 42 selected works of 42-word microfiction stories, and 42 art pieces, one per chapter. It's a book compiled of 1,764 stories from different authors, because our goal is to publish as many authors as possible in one place.  

Guidelines:

The byline needs 42Subs_Category_Author Initials (Example: 42Subs_SciFi_DNA)

42-character title including spaces (between 40 and 44 is okay)

42-word story

42-word third-person bio

Use wordcounter.net to match our counts.

The above is required. There is an example submission at the bottom.


 No multiple submissions (kind of). The goal is to publish 1,764 different writers. If you must send more than one story, use a pen name for each piece. The same bio is okay. Your stories will all be rejected if you do not follow this guideline.  

There is a Story of Excellence Award per category, meaning one published work in each chapter can win. Each winner will either receive $.42 or have the option of adding the winnings to a pot that goes to one special charity. Winners will be announced in the newsletter, blog, and be notified by email.  

Categories:

Note: Categories with few submissions are subject to alterations. 

  See the example story under clown if you're confused about what to do

1. Alternate Reality 

We've received many stories about alternate presidents. Please be creative. This category was inspired by the show "Sliders."

2. Apocalyptic 

3. Clown  

4. Craft of Writing  …NO UNSOLICITED SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED   

5. Culture  

...you've probably got a great story idea about homeless people in America, but this is a culture category. As in for the world, not just for America. Please think bigger and be original.  

6. Crime Fiction   

7. Dystopia & Utopia 

…share your Black Mirror story in 42 words   

8. Escape 

...lived through a car crash;  hunted and survived; escaping a really good sales pitch   

9. Fairy Tale   

10. Fantasy   

11. Fight  

...arenas, gladiators, blood in the sand;  fighting cancer; fighting the system;  fighting against spousal abuse   

12. Historical Fiction

…based on non-fiction is okay   

13. Horror   

14. Humor   

15. Impairment  

...including all handicaps;  drug issues and depression;  non-fic based;  any form applies.   

16. Indigenous  

...Sherman Alexie anyone?  His dynamic writing style inspired this chapter.   

17. Macabre & Morbid 

18. Monster    

19. Mystery   

20. Mythopoeia                

…myth   

21. Noir    

22. Oddball 

...your story is special and doesn’t fit a category: here’s where it goes

23. Outer space   

24. Paranormal   

25. Parent Story  

...non-fiction in fiction form's okay;  good or bad parent's okay   

26. Poetic Prose 

...music related is okay   

27. Romance     

…is your romance about two cats in love?  

Cute. 

Your protagonist is in love with a ghost?  

That goes here.  

Normal romance is okay too.   

28. Satire   

29. Science fiction  

...aliens, robots, you name it goes here   

30. Siblings  

...evil twin, wonderful brother, misunderstood sinister sister   

31. Sports  

...non-fiction based is okay   

32. Steampunk  

...example: Fullmetal Alchemist   

33. Sword & Sorcery  

...sword story without the sorcery is okay and vice versa 

34. Thriller & Suspense   

35. Tragedy   

36. Trapped 

...there's a spider outside on my windshield and I can't leave the car;  trapped in a nightmare;  job;  actual nightmare;  under a rock   

37. Travel story 

...non-fiction based is okay   

38. Vampire   

39. War    

40. Werewolves   

41. Western  

...write about a gunslinger, bank robber, a cowboy that hates guns;  take a shot   

42. Zombie 

 

Example submission:

  Byline: 42Subs_CLOWN_EAJ

  Hello. My email is eaj@eaj.com. This story would fit into your clown or monster categories. Thank you. 

MY FIRST AND LAST ENCOUNTER WITH A MONSTER

                         by Eval Allan Jaeger

         I was seven years old when the clown attacked. 

     Right in my face, zany. Scary white hands. 

     Aggressive smile. “Hi, little boy," he exclaimed. "Do you       like balloo—ugh.” 

     Bozo never saw my fist coming. 

     Blood slid down from his squeaky red nose.

        Bio

   Eval Allan Jaeger was a blogger who went by Devilsthrill back in the Myspace days. He had the number one read blog then vanished from the Internet until the Project 42 Stories Anthology launched. He looks like Don Quixote and is fictitious.

 If you receive a rejection from one category, try writing a new story and submitting to another category. There are different readers in all of them. However, do not submit the same story after it's rejected.


Detailed guidelines here in the blog.

More questions? Email Bam, but read the detailed guidelines first. Good luck.

42 Stories Anthology Team