***The Tortoise & The Hare***
Stories in which someone achieves something by doing the opposite of what they’re supposed to. Also, stories in which the a character is willing to plod away for a long, long time – despite criticism from naysayers – to get what he needs.
Face-offs. Grudge matches. Rematches. Stories in which someone goes toe-to-toe with an adversary in a weird and unexpected way and maybe discovers something about themselves in the process.
***Viral / The Meme***
Stories about ideas spinning out of control. Gossip gone wild. Youtube videos spawning Youtube videos. A catch phrase that you’re absolutely sure you coined, but nobody believes you! Perhaps someone tries to start a trend and fails. Really, we’re just looking for an excuse to use the word “meme” as many times as possible.
***The Forbidden Zone***
Do you have a story about an abandoned island? A radioactive wasteland? A room that was off-limits growing up but which surely contained untold riches and magic? It doesn’t even need to be a place per se; it could be realm of forbidden behavior, like the one thing everyone knows but which you’re not supposed to actually say out loud. Which brings to our next theme…
It could a taboo word. A persona secret. Or even an open secret that's never uttered out loud. But once it's said it, it can't be unsaid. So we keep our mouth shut … or not. And come to regret it … or not. If you have a story about someone entering a forbidden realm of discussion, we want to hear it.
***Leap Of Faith***
Everyone has something they choose to believe in the absence of hard evidence. Sometimes it's because life would make no sense without it. Sometimes they just know it's true in their bones. But other times, let's face it, they're just engaging in wishful thinking. We're looking for stories in which people struggle with whether or not to take a leap of faith, and experience the consequences of their choice. (Keep in mind the leap does not necessarily have to be religious in nature).
Stories of women in combat — both literally and figuratively. Stories of fighting alongside women — both literally and figuratively. Stories in which women get to kick some ass. As always, we're looking for narrative arcs that go beyond the usual inspirational profile piece. In fact, banish the word profile from your mind.