Submission ‘Kinks’

Last week, our friends at Goblin Fruit posted to Facebook what they referred to as their poemic “kinks,” “things which, when appearing in a piece, make us more likely to fall for it. Jess favours masks, foxes, feathers, swans; Caitlyn particularly loves murder ballads and shape-shifters; and I go weak-knee’d around storms, thorns, stars, and honey.”

It got us thinking.

Beyond the rather loose guidelines on our submissions page, you may be wondering: What specific plot elements or themes do we love to wake up to find in our inbox?

The best answer we can give is to check out The Golden Key’s first issue, scheduled for release this October, when it will be made available for free here on our website. In the meantime, however, it didn’t take us long to come up with a list of our own:

Carlea likes clouds, codes, trees (or any kind of flora, really), and anything shiny; LiAnn favors lists, moving parts, histories, fragments of things, strange gifts and stranger gardens; and Susan goes wild for food, videogames, tattoos, and any and all references to pop culture.

What say you, reader? Are there any story ingredients that consistently set your heart aflutter or get you weak in the knees? Let us know here in the comments, via Twitter, or on our Facebook page.

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4 Responses to Submission ‘Kinks’

  1. Michelle Mc Abee says:

    OOOOHH!!! “Poemic kinks”!!!! How timely! I was just thinking about this! Lately I have been trying to several works by the same authors, one after the other, and it’s been a pleasure to be able to spot all the patterns and repeated turns of phrase.

    My “kinks” are bloodlust, Roman Catholicism, the concrete jungle, filigree, madness, and myth.

    P.S. This website is a delight!!!!!!

    • Editors says:

      Yes! There is definitely something to be said for reading a writer’s body of work in turn.

      Your kinks are marvelous. Especially if one story or poem manages to hit them all!

      Thank you! We’re glad you found us!

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