A while back, my writers group posed an interesting prompt for its members: write a story, poem, play, or essay about a character who accidentally grabs the wrong coat by mistake. Today we’re proud to present:
“Our coats are quiet, obedient servants, reliably there for us when we need them . . . until they’re not. What happens when, either by accident or design, we find ourselves in possession of the wrong coat? Eighteen writers answer this question through short fiction, poetry, or memoir. Within these pages are ordinary people whose wrong coat affects their lives in surprising, sometimes life-changing ways. Their journeys are poignant, funny, sometimes chilling. The eighteen writers in this anthology explore how wrong coats can become instructive or vindictive when they’ve left their rightful owners. Learn what can happen when the wrong coat meets the wrong person. It could happen to you.”
In my scary story “Polar Bound,” twins Emma and Alice are about to board a magical train to tour Santa’s workshop at the North Pole, but a secret between sisters provides an express pass to a far more sinister place.
The Wrong Coat is a really cool collection with a wide variety of local writers all putting their unique spins on this theme of misunderstanding, so be sure to check it out!