Havok Publishing

Season Themes

Readers play favorites, you know. Everybody has their favorite genres and our season themes are here to assemble story collections that readers will love. These themes function as story prompts for our author base, suggesting fun mashups and settings for the most creative, hard-hitting fiction. We only accept stories that fit these themes, and we wish you much Havok as you craft your best work!

Download Printable Themes List (PDF) - Havok Season Two Download Printable Themes List (PDF) - Havok Season Three

Season Two: Stories That Sing

Music moves us. It shapes the world and immortalizes each generation. It speaks more universally to the human soul than any other art form, and it tells stories in a way that stays with us forever. As writers, we often strive to weave something close to that magic, and what better way to do that than to weave a story from those most powerful songs?

We’ve put together a handy collection of Author Resources for this season (including story prompts, links to lyrics, a sample story, etc), since it involves finding songs with story-inspiring lyrics and titles.

The 80’s
October 2019 (CLOSED)

Some of history’s best science fiction came from this era, and music was the sounding board of the culture. Blue Monday: a desperate cyborg would rather sink into the ocean than remain under the control of his oppressive creator. Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go: Dr. Jekyll’s serenade to his own Jitterbug serum. An ancient relic known as the Eye of the Tiger grants its owner untold power but leaves him with a deadly desire to possess it forever.

The 90’s
November 2019 (deadline: September 15)

Whatever. Who wants to be cool, anyway? Our parents don’t understand, the government doesn’t understand, and our teachers don’t understand. The 1990s had all the social unrest of the ’60s, but they were too cool to admit it. Hey Man, Nice Shot: the story of a world-famous sniper who sacrificed himself to save a young private from a horde of approaching enemies. Good Riddance: the last words of a woman from the distant, dying future, spoken to the time traveler she fell in love with when he leaves her to save his own life. What if a werewolf escapes her curse when she discovers a mystical symbol, but when she tries to show The Sign to her lover, he refuses to open up his eyes?

Open Mic Night
December 2019 (deadline: October 13)

Let’s finish 2019 with a bang! Any song, any era. Broadway musicals, TV theme songs, nursery rhymes, or if you just missed your chance earlier in the year, our Open Mic theme has got you covered.

A few rules:

  • In order to avoid plagiarism, don’t use more than a few words or a phrase from the original song. And try not to use the title anywhere in your story. Leave it to our readers to guess the song that inspired you! If you’re from outside the USA, feel free to share with us your retellings of your region’s biggest hits, but don’t expect our readers to guess them!
  • Also, remember that while there are some songs with very adult themes out there, our submission guidelines require all of our stories to be PG-13 or lower.
  • Include the name of the song, the full lyrics (if available), and a link to it on YouTube (if available), on a separate page at the end of your submission.

Season Three: Bingeworthy

There are some storylines and concepts that hook us every time. When done right, they transcend the label stereotype or the dreaded “cliché” and enter the realm of treasured trope and become the formula for a blockbuster hit. Havok’s third season is all about the stories that we watch, re-watch, and stay up all night to binge watch.

Dynamic Duos
January 2020 (deadline: November 3)

Batman and Robin. Mulder and Scully. Spock and McCoy. Sherlock and Watson. Arthur and Merlin. Legolas and Gimli. Artoo and C-3PO. Tom and Jerry. Scooby Doo and Shaggy. And the list goes on.  Whether they go together like peanut butter and jelly or oil and water, two heads are more entertaining than one. And that’s why we’re kicking off Season Three with a double-shot of awesome. Give us your partners in crime, your whimsical magical familiars, your plucky comic relief robots, your villainous pets, and your legendary heroes. Because this month, we’re seeing double.

Download and browse all upcoming Season Three themes on this printable reference PDF.

Now Go Write!

Using the season theme above for ideas, go write and then send us your best story that fits any of our Accepted Genres. Be sure to download and use our Manuscript Formatting template and follow the Submission Guidelines!