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In a brazen attempt to pander to current market trends and interests, I've decided to organize and publish a Donald Trump flash fiction anthology on January 20, 2017, just in time to give the 45th president of the United States the welcome into office that he deserves.

Without taking sides or engaging in further debate (seriously, please), and with a solemn satirical intention, I invite you to submit stories for the first ever, it's-gonna-be-YUGE Donald Trump flash fiction anthology.

Please submit stories by Jan 13, 2017 so we can publish by Jan 20, 2017.

The Plan:

  • To get published in something that could make the news and go YUUUUUGE.
  • To have some fun working with fellow indie authors.
  • To publish it no later than Jan 20, 2017.
  • To publish it wide and permafree in ebook format.
  • To distribute it to your mailing list free of charge.
  • To participate in group promos.

The Requirements:

  • Any writer is welcome, 18 and over.
  • Pen names are fine.
  • Submit as many stories as you like.
  • Donald Trump must be the main character of your story.
  • Submissions must be complete stories - with a beginning, middle and end - and never excerpts.
  • Story length: ideally 1,000 words or less. You can go up to 1,500 if you really need it.
  • You must have your story proofread and line-edited prior to submission, by you or someone else. Please don't submit messy drafts, only final work. Although I'm an editor and the editor of this project, this is unpaid volunteer work, so please pitch in (or hire me for a special flat rate of $10 per story - see below).
  • Stories are due Jan 13, 2017, which gives you about 8 weeks.
  • Any genre except erotica
  • Err on the side of satire and parody for legal reasons.
  • Submit your stories here: https://goo.gl/forms/Mg29nku9XDKxrNxC3.


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The Schedule:

Stories Due: Jan 13, 2017
Publish: Jan 20, 2017

If we can publish earlier, we will.

Please Help Me With:

  • getting the word out to other indie authors so they can submit stories, too.

To hire me to line edit and proofread your story/ies for the special flat rate of $10 each, email me@georgedonnelly.com with the subject line: "Edit my flash fiction story for $10 please." This is entirely optional and not in the least required. It will get you a great editing job but not any kind of preference in the anthology.

If you'd like an editor credit, email me. I'll need you to proofread 20 stories for me and to bring in at least 10 new stories, including your own.


Rights:

Here's the license I'm asking you to agree to. It's plainly visible at the end of the submission form:

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I affirm that I am the owner of the content provided herein and am granting a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, irrevocable license to use the content as part of the anthology "2017 Donald Trump Anthology," (title subject to change) edited by George Donnelly in ebook, print, audiobook and translated formats. Once the anthology is published, I promise to promote it to the best of my ability through my author website, mailing list and social media account(s). (If you don't agree, please don't submit the form.)

Money:

Any income generated will go towards promoting this anthology.

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If you're using Google Docs, please share the story with george.donnelly@gmail.com or just grant access upon request to that address. Ditto if you're using Dropbox and only want to share the file with a specific account/address.

Updates:

Nov 22: 2 submissions

Nov 24: 3 submissions

Dec 11: 5 submissions

I look forward to working with you! Any questions, email me@georgedonnelly.com.
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OMG! This is great! I totally just came up with an idea. Will get right on it.

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OMG! This is great! I totally just came up with an idea. Will get right on it.

Spectacular, I was hoping you'd join in, Marilyn. Looking forward to your story!
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I want to buy this when it's done!

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I want to buy this when it's done!

Haha, me too. I'm imagining lots of great things for this. From a bare-chested SuperTrump rescuing a drowning kitten in a radioactive tsunami to a wizened old never-gonna-die Trump being tortured in a vat of taco grease by MS-13 gangbangers on a mission of mercy north of the border.

Just for you tho it's gonna be FREE. The first 100 readers get a free steak. It'll be the best, just YUUUUUGE! /LOL
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Great idea. I've got a story I could polish and use.

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Great idea. I've got a story I could polish and use.

Awesome. I look forward to reading it!
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Is this limited to President(-elect) Trump and a possible time after or does this include all of Trumpdom? This man has lead anything but a boring life so far.

This is going to be interesting either way.
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Is this limited to President(-elect) Trump and a possible time after or does this include all of Trumpdom? This man has lead anything but a boring life so far.

This is going to be interesting either way.

Anything Trump, with a suggested emphasis on the satirical, crazy and ludicrous. Let's go nuts.
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Love this idea. I've already had some thoughts about some satire.

However, I would try to do this paid and see what happens. If no one bites, then it can go free. But I would try to earn something with it. Is there some reson why you want to go free?

If you need a publisher who will do the taxes and payments, I can ask the coop I do my boxed sets with...even if I don't end up having a story for it.

ETA: Did I misread or was the post edited? I could swear it had said to go permafree wide.

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It still says permafree and wide. :)

I'm open to making it paid if the participating authors want that. We can talk about that once I get, say, the first 10 or 20 accepted stories. Definitely.

I look forward to reading your story!

Another thought: we have to be careful about profiting from someone else's celebrity. Sure, he's the president now, more fair game than ever. But it's a concern.
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I wrote this back in March 2016, but I'm not exactly sure what genre it fits into other than parody...

http://www.angrygames.com/?p=1069

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I wrote this back in March 2016, but I'm not exactly sure what genre it fits into other than parody...

http://www.angrygames.com/?p=1069



It looks a bit long but it's definitely got the tone I'm going for! Why not submit it? Or a shortened/edited version? I'd love to consider it.
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I'll check it in Scrivener to see how long it is, heh. I guess if I remove a few "very" and "tremendous" and "sad" bits, I can knock it down.

EDIT: bah, it's 3,200-ish words. Not really sure how I would cut it in half or less and have it make sense =/
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I would love to be involved. :-) I'll follow up once on my home computer. Happy to have you edit.

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I would love to be involved. :-) I'll follow up once on my home computer. Happy to have you edit.

Wonderful. I look forward to reading your story/ies!
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Since my Hashtag Histories books are written exclusively in Trump's preferred format (Tweets), I should totally do this.

Off now to dream up a plot line.

Great idea!


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I'm wondering now if it's wise to use Trump's name. How about another surname which obviously suggests it's him. Alternatively, we could name our own (male/female/crazy/famous personality) as president and write a story about them.

e.g.  If (insert name) were president...

                                or

        A day in the life of President (insert name.)


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Considering this. Could be fun.

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Since my Hashtag Histories books are written exclusively in Trump's preferred format (Tweets), I should totally do this.

Off now to dream up a plot line.

Great idea!

Brilliant, looking forward to reading your tweets. :)


I'm wondering now if it's wise to use Trump's name. How about another surname which obviously suggests it's him.

I'd like to see what each author comes up with and might exercise some editorial prerogative depending on potential legal advice.

We might actually title it something with the word "Yuge" in it, or some other word that evokes him.


Considering this. Could be fun.

It's gonna be the best anthology ever. You're gonna love it! /lol
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I'd like to see what each author comes up with and might exercise some editorial prerogative depending on potential legal advice.

We might actually title it something with the word "Yuge" in it, or some other word that evokes him.
I'm guessing that, absent a quickie repeal of the first amendment, we should be fine as long as we include a disclaimer about the fictional nature of the material. Even in its most conservative mood, the Supreme Court has yet to ban political satire and humor. (Put another way, if this https://smile.amazon.com/Trump-Temptation-Billionaire-Elijah-Daniel-ebook/dp/B01AX111Q2/ is still up on Amazon, it's difficult to imagine what we could possibly do that would make us more vulnerable to legal action.)

That said, I do have a concern which I'll share. As a writer of fiction which makes moral points but isn't overly political, my fan base is quite diverse, everyone from people who think we are about to enter the Golden Age to people who are checking the Canadian immigration site. (Come to think of it, my friends are that split, too.) I also think the election demonstrates the need for Americans to find more common ground and attempt to establish at the very least a decent working relationship among the various factions.

In other words, I like the idea of the anthology but have a concern about its possible tone. If it's light enough for partisans on both sides to laugh about, that's fine. If parts of it come across as overly harsh personal attack, I'd have concerns. I would never try to dictate how other authors express their political opinions, but I might not want to submit myself if the project ends up being less fun and more vicious.

It's probably not that smart of me to even raise the question, since we probably all have different ways of defining the terms involved, and no one can really predict what the anthology will look like now. Still, I'll throw the question out there for whatever it may be worth. :-\


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In other words, I like the idea of the anthology but have a concern about its possible tone. If it's light enough for partisans on both sides to laugh about, that's fine. If parts of it come across as overly harsh personal attack, I'd have concerns. I would never try to dictate how other authors express their political opinions, but I might not want to submit myself if the project ends up being less fun and more vicious.

I'm definitely aiming for "light enough for partisans on both sides to laugh about" it.

Here are two story ideas I've suggested that give a sense of what I'm aiming for:


  • A bare-chested SuperTrump rescuing a drowning kitten in a radioactive tsunami
  • A wizened never-gonna-die Trump being tortured in a vat of taco grease by MS-13 gangbangers on a mission of mercy north of the border.

I can come up with more if anyone wants.

Thanks Bill, for raising the topic. Much appreciated!
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This is a very amusing idea.

Everything from alien invasion to ..... I like it.

The mind races with the absurd possibilities.

I don't think that it can be non-partisan. Trump supporters take their leader seriously. Armbands for everyone.
 
Trump's Proctologist is my favorite so far.

Trump in Love
Trump goes to the bathroom (LBJ style during an interview with Anderson Cooper...come here boy, hand me some more toilet paper, damned refried beans)   
Trump adopts an all-white puppy names it Hillary, argues about the registration costs since the dog is an older one, known to bark but not enough teeth to bite
Trump causes the end of the world by accident, 'What about this button?'
Trump goes surfing
Trump smokes weed

Aliens watch Trump from space, kidnap Stephen Hawking and leave, reporting there is no hope for Earth...hahaha.

Someone puts a massive amount of LSD into the Washington DC water supply on Inauguration Day, yes it's TRUMP ON ACID

Trump goes to church and wonders about God's negotiation strategies, especially with Abraham about his kid (Highway 61 remix)

Trump stars in movies with a Monkey....wait nevermind, too presidential

Have scheduled this in after my current project. Look forward to writing this.

Great Idea...might need an new name for this one.



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