NOTE: the deadline has passed and submissions are now closed.
Just a reminder that submissions for the Mormon alternate history mini-anthology I’m editing are due by end of the day Saturday, March 19. End of the day = midnight Pacific Daylight Time. Although I won’t be up then so if it’s in my inbox when I check my email Sunday morning, it’ll be okay. Be warned, though, that I have to get up for church meetings, and I’m on Central Time so it’ll be early Sunday morning (plus, it’s the Sabbath, then: Saturday is a special day — it’s the day we finish stories that feature Mormons in alternate historical timelines).
If you haven’t even started writing yet, don’t despair. There’s still time! A 1,500 words flash piece or even a 3-4k short story can easily be written in a day or two or four. So get to it!
Short on ideas? Here’s where you can get some:
- Ardis Parshall’s Keepapitchinin history blog. There’s a lot there (Ardis is prolific and awesome) so the place to start is with the topical guide page.
- The Church History website at lds.org. No, seriously. There are great stories there written by very talented Mormon histories and writers. Use one or two of them as a launching off point.
- The Juvenile Instructor blog. The blog also covers history as a profession so your most direct route to ideas is the From the Archives series. My Mormon alternate history story that was a 2014 Mormon Lit Blitz semi-finalist was sparked by a comment on one of JI’s history posts.
- For some general ideas and issues related to alternate history, there’s this TV Tropes page. As with all things TV Tropes take everything it says with a big grain of salt. And only allow yourself to clink on a total of 2-4 links on that page.
- Don’t forget the histories of your own families (Mormon pioneer or not). Sometimes specific moments or images in family histories and journals or photographs can be a great story seed.
- Finally, here’s a very brief timeline of the history of the LDS Church from PBS | one from the LDS Church | and a timeline of Black History + Black LDS History
Good luck! I eagerly await your submissions.