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!
Season Five: Prismatic
There’s a reason television and movies went from black and white to Technicolor™. The world around us is painted in a kaleidoscope of hues. And this season, we’re going to wreak Havok with that color!
OPEN | Deadline: November 1, 2020
Sun and emojis. Brightness. Day. Yellow conveys happiness and sunshine. Hope—or perhaps cowardice. Write us a story with daffodils, a school pencil, canaries and chicks. It’s also the color of warning signs, so take us on a thrilling New York taxi ride. Show us what happens when genetically modified corn, bananas, or lemons awaken to sentience. Feature a chest of gold, whether or not it’s at the end of a rainbow. Or fill that chest with citrine and amber. Better yet, encase a mystery in that amber, or make the treasure part of a YELLOW dragon’s hoard. (Publishes in January.)
OPEN | Deadline: December 6, 2020
Energy, passion, danger. Flames, fire, blood. Red is a versatile color. Give us stories with sanguine magic or be-spelled rubies. Show us what happens when a man falls in love with a crimson-haired fairy. Make us bite our nails as your hero answers his red phone then races to prevent an explosion. Why explore the universe in a blue police box when you can do it in a speech-enabled, cherry-red firetruck? Discover the mysteries of an ancient volcano on the brink of eruption. In essence, write a story featuring RED that makes us stop what we’re doing to read it. (Publishes in February.)
NOTE: Themes below open for submissions about two months before the deadline.
Deadline: January 3, 2021
Growth and renewal. Wealth and money. Jealousy. How about writing a story with leprechauns and magic shamrocks? Or introduce us to the chartreuse alien you found in your backyard. Launch a spaceship powered by emeralds. All the amphibian species on earth are going extinct—can your heroine discover why? Set your story among mossy rocks or verdant meadows. Whatever you decide, leave us GREEN with envy over your original tale. (Publishes in March.)
Deadline: February 7, 2021
Blue stands for calm, smart, and trustworthy. Give us your best stories of blueberries, bluebirds, and stolen sapphires. A magical pair of jeans that always fits perfectly. An enchanted U.S. mailbox that makes wishes come true—the good ones and the bad ones. Set your story on the BLUE planet Uranus. Bring us to a world where bluebells bloom eternally and azure oceans think for themselves. (Publishes in April.)
Deadline: March 7, 2021
Luxury, mystery, royalty. We want stories about majestic dragons and heirs to the crown. Knights whose coats-of-arms include an eggplant upon a bed of beets. A missing Mother’s Day bouquet of purple orchids. An alien species with amethyst eyes and periwinkle blood. A sect of killer monks who can only see in the ultraviolet. A planet whose plains are populated with violent violets. Better yet, take something that is normally another color—like the sky—and turn it PURPLE, then tell us what happens. (Publishes in May.)
Deadline: April 4, 2021
At Havok, ORANGE is our favorite color! It blends together red and yellow to form a color that we associate with thankfulness and warmth. In branding, orange conveys creativity, youth, and enthusiasm. So, bring us story cornucopias filled with mayhem and magic, fireballs and sunsets, pumpkins and citrus. Entertain us with people who change color like leaves in the fall. Make us laugh when a carrot becomes self-aware and tries to take over a grocery store. Help a heroine defeat the zombie apocalypse that started with undead goldfish. (Publishes in June.)
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!