Unexpected Genres That Would Be Cool to Publish in YFQ

We’ve put together a list of unexpected genres we’d love to publish. The catch, of course, is that the writing has got to still be good. Please don’t send us a grocery list if the grocery list doesn’t tell a story. Don’t send us a letter to your middle school crush unless the writing is well-crafted and has a strong voice. If you’re going to send us a poem in the shape of a cube, make sure that weirdo-cool form is playing off or with or to the content. (My friend Matt once wrote a poem about the inner life of a box that was actually shaped like 3-D box and it was awesome, so don’t knock it ’til you try it). Hopefully some of the more unorthodox literary genres below will inspire you, and if one ‘em does, send your work into YFQ!

Citations matter! The following list is adapted from a list found on the Colorado State University website. It’s unclear why they had a list of genres, but whatever! See their full list here.

A Brief List of Genres:

  • Journal Entries
  • Personal Letter
  • Greeting Card
  • Schedule/Things to Do List
  • Inner Monologue Representing Internal Conflicts
  • Classified or Personal Ads
  • Personal Essay or Philosophical Questions
  • Top Ten List/Glossary or Dictionary
  • Song Lyrics
  • Autobiographical Essay
  • Contest Entry Application
  • Business Letter or Correspondence/Persuasive or Advocacy Letter
  • Biographical Summary
  • Critique of a Published Source
  • Speech or Debate
  • Historical Times Context Essay
  • Textbook Article
  • Science Article or Report/Business Article or Report
  • Lesson Plan
  • Encyclopedia Article
  • Short Scene from a Play with Notes for Stage Directions
  • Short Scene from a Movie with Notes for Camera Shots
  • Dialogue of a Conversation among Two or More People
  • Short Story
  • Adventure Magazine Story
  • Ghost Story
  • Myth, Tall Tale, or Fairy Tale
  • Talk Show Interview or Panel
  • Recipe and Description of Traditional Holiday Events
  • Classroom Discussion
  • Character Analysis or Case Study
  • Comedy Routine or Parody
  • Liner Notes
  • Picture book
  • Chart or Diagram with Explanation and Analysis
  • Brochure or Newsletter
  • Time Line or Chain of Events
  • Map with Explanation and Analysis
  • Magazine or TV Advertisement or Infomercial
  • Restaurant Description and Menu
  • Travel Brochure Description
  • How-To or Directions Booklet
  • Local News Report
  • Pop-Up book
  • Review and Poster for a Movie, Book, or TV Program
  • Board Game or Trivial Pursuit with Answers and Rules
  • Comic Strip or Graphic Novel excerpt
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Newspaper or Magazine Feature/Human Interest Story
  • Obituary, Eulogy or Tribute
  • News Program Story or Announcement
  • Tabloid Article

Not to mention, of course, poetry, in form or not; fiction; and non-fiction essays!

Well, what are you waiting for? Don’t you have a submission to write?


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