The primary goal of The Number 26 is for it to become a medium through which writers can express themselves, to be a platform for them to post their own stories, and a community of people to read them.
We don’t want to trap any writers in a box, and so, for the most part, the stories here have full artistic liberty. They can encompass any theme, genre, style, or setting.
The only condition is that the story is a passage about a passenger aboard the number 26 bus to somewhere. Where they were before, where they are going, and why, is entirely up to the writer, the story can technically take place in any time period, any tense, and any perspective- be it 1st, 2nd or 3rd person.
Generally, the stories here focus on the seeking of truth and honesty. What does it mean to be human? And how do our stories make us who we are? Because of this, stories are generally based around reality, though they can be fictional, or non-fictional. That being said, themes like Sci-fi, fantasy, etc., are still welcome here.
This blog is about capturing reality, and sometimes the truth is ugly. All viewpoints are welcome, except for those that are blatant attacks on other views. Anything blatantly Sexist, anti-LGBTQ, racist, or xenophobic isn’t welcome here- although stories involving the truth about those themes absolutely are.
The goal here is to capture the truth through harsh, blunt honesty. Sometimes that means stories will have very dark themes- and that’s ok. Writers should feel comfortable expressing whatever they think. This having been said, anything too erotic or gory might have to be toned down before getting posted here. However, the goal is to be as uncensorious as possible.
Writers can submit their stories to firstname.lastname@example.org
- 6-10,000 words
- Prose or verse
- Any time period, any tense, any perspective.
- Fiction or non-fiction
- Can be a memory or dream
- Must have a protagonist
- The protagonist must be traveling aboard The Number 26 bus line, or about to board, or a habitual commuter, or just stepped off.