Flash Fiction Challenge: The Subgenre Tango

This week, we return to a classic. I will give you 20 subgenres. You will pick two from the list either using a d20 or random number generator (or use tea leaves or falcon guts or something), then you will write a short story that mashes up those two subgenres. (So you might get Kaiju Noir, or Superhero BDSM, or Parallel Universe Whodunit!)

This time, you’ll get 1500 words.

This is due by next Friday (2/12), noon EST.

Post at your online space.

Link to it in the comments below. So we can all read it!


  1. Kaiju
  2. Cli-Fi (Climate Change Fiction)
  3. Southern Gothic
  4. Zombie
  5. Weird West
  6. Mythology
  7. Body Horror
  8. Grimdark Fantasy
  9. Whodunit?
  10. Military Sci-Fi
  11. Comic Fantasy
  12. Technothriller
  13. Superhero
  14. BDSM Erotica
  15. Heist / Caper
  16. Magical Realism
  17. Parallel Universe
  18. Noir
  19. Time Travel
  20. Alien Horror

115 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Subgenre Tango”

  1. I must have been very good to the gods. They gave me comic fantasy and whodunnit. Which pretty much combines my last two books.

  2. I’m jumping into this at the last minute, but I’m going to try to write something tonight! And it appears, based on some of the other comments, that I’m the lucky(?) one–the randomizer gave me Kaiju and BDSM/Erotica. I’m so out of my depth, it’s not even funny.

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