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Welcome to May Trope Mayhem 2024!

A graphic with a pale blue background. The header reads "May Trope Mayhem: A Multi-Fandom and Original Work Creation Challenge 2024 List." Below this is a numbered list of 31 items. The Duck Prints Press logo, surrounded by rainbow duck prints on two sides, with the white dux mascot on the right and the words "we print diversity" below that, is in the lower right corner of the image. The full list reads: 1. Secret Relationship 2. Mistaken Identity 3. Accidental Ownership 4. Space Western Setting 5. Marriage Before Love 6. Time Loop 7. Wound Tending 8. "This is our get-along shirt." 9. Reincarnation 10. Mutual Pining 11. Forced Proximity 12. Sentinel/Guide 13. Vampires 14. Outsider Point of View 15. Monster F*ing (censored in the image) 16. Foodservice Setting 17. Meet Cute 18. "Keep your dog on a leash." 19. Mecha 20. The Soulmate Goose of Enforcement 21. Steampunk 22. Love Requited Too Late 23. Bottom Storage 24. Werewolf/Shifter Character 25. Fake Relationship 26. Reciprocal Idiots 27. There Was Only One Bed 28. OMG They Were Roommates 29. Soul-Bonding 30. Homoerotic Swordfighting 31. Free day!

May Trope Mayhem is a multi-fandom/original creation event open to writers, artists, and creators of all kinds! We’ve put together a list of 30 of our favorite tropes (plus one free day!), one per day through the month of May, and we encourage creators to join us for this month of fun tropey mayhem.

Our goal is to promote motivation and help with habit building, so we’re encouraging authors to keep their ficlets under 1,000 words, artists to stick to making just a sketch, gif makers to only do a single image, etc., as applicable to whatever you’re making.

This event is primarily held on Tumblr, but you’re welcome to participate anywhere Duck Prints Press has an account (you can see all our current platforms here) and we’ll keep our eyes on our tag everywhere!

How can you participate? It’s easy! There’s just a few simple rules:

  • write a ficlet or a poem, create art, make a gif, or create any other content that you want, aligned with the prompt for the day!
  • post your correctly tagged fills to Tumblr, and we’ll reblog them! We’ll reskeet works on Bluesky, retoot those on Mastodon, you get the idea. Note: we do not use Twitter.
  • you must tag warnings such as gore, MCD, sexual content, etc., so that people can make informed decisions!
  • please also tag fandom and ship, so people can find what interests them!
  • we ask that you put the tags at the top of your post, so they’re easy to find.
  • if you write more than 1k words and post the whole text on Tumblr or wherever, please use a read more if the platform allows.
  • if you create something with NSFW content or potentially triggering material, please put the entire work under a read more.

Ping us (duckprintspress) or tag your creations “#may trope mayhem” and so we can find them! We’ll reblog all fills that follow the above rules and are posted between May 1st and June 8th, 2024.

If you post to AO3, you can also add them to our collection there!

You don’t have to sign up for May Trope Mayhem, just post your fills. You don’t have to be a member of the Press nor do you have to be following us. You don’t have to be part of a specific fandom. We’re open to all ships, genres, formats, etc.! You don’t have to post fills on the corresponding day, though we ask that if you’re creating for a day that hasn’t happened yet, please wait for that day to post.

Participating in May Trope Mayhem? Want to chat fandom, books, creation, and more? Join our Book Lover’s Discord Server!

This is a low-pressure event, held in good fun, and we look forward to seeing what you create!

MAY TROPE MAYHEM Prompt List, with some links and definitions for ones we were worried might be confusing or challenging for folks!

  1. Secret Relationship
  2. Mistaken Identity
  3. Accidental Ownership (Character A accidentally ends up the owner of Character B)
  4. Space Western Setting
  5. Marriage Before Love
  6. Time Loop
  7. Wound Tending
  8. “This is our get-along shirt.”
  9. Reincarnation
  10. Mutual Pining
  11. Forced Proximity
  12. Sentinel/Guide
  13. Vampires
  14. Outsider Point of View
  15. Monster F*ing (censored in the image)
  16. Foodservice Setting
  17. Meet Cute
  18. “Keep your dog on a leash.”
  19. Mecha
  20. The Soulmate Goose of Enforcement
  21. Steampunk
  22. Love Requited Too Late
  23. Bottom Storage (or however you feel like interpreting it!)
  24. Werewolf/Shifter Character
  25. Fake Relationship
  26. Reciprocal Idiots (like idiots to lovers, or however else you feel like interpreting it!)
  27. There Was Only One Bed
  28. OMG They Were Roommates
  29. Soul-Bonding
  30. Homoerotic Swordfighting
  31. Free day!
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Creator’s Spotlight: September, 2022

Welcome to our monthly “round up” of fan creations and original works by people involved with Duck Prints Press! This list is “opt in,” so you bet our creators made a lot of other things, but these are the ones they wanted to share with y’all this month!


The Sin by Artcake / @artcake

art || criminal minds || m/m || aaron hotchner/spencer reid || mature || no major warnings apply || complete

summary: Based on the classical painting “the Sin” by Heinrich Lossow, priest Aaron Hotchner and nun Spencer Reid steal away for some intimacy, even when kept apart.

TUMBLRTWITTER


the ember in the dark by Catherine E. Green / @ombreblossom

audio || the magnus archives || platonic or familial, m/m || martin blackwood/jonathan sims || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 05:17:10 || complete

summary: “Will you kill Jonah Magnus? If you do, Jon will, assuredly, take his place,” Annabelle said. “What would you do to save Jon? What wouldn’t you do?”

Martin leaned against his fist, eyes closed. “Alright. What would it entail? This – thing you want to do.”

At the end of the world, Martin makes a different choice. With unlikely allies Annabelle Cane and Agnes Montague, Martin enacts a plan to save what they can of the world and – more importantly – Jon.

other tags: Alternate Universe – Canon Divergence, Established Relationship, Kissing, Fix-It, Season Five Fix-it, Canon-Typical Torture, Minor Georgie/Melanie, Pining, Canon-Typical The Desolation Content (The Magnus Archives), Canon-Typical The Beholding Content (The Magnus Archives), Podfic, Podfic Length: 5-6 Hours, Podfic & Podficced Works

TUMBLRAO3


World Domination > Romance by FuziPenguin / @fuzipenguin

fiction || transformers (idw) || platonic or familial, poly (one gender: male) || starscream/thundercracker/skywarp; starscream & wheeljack || teen & up || no major warnings apply || 3,409 || complete

summary: Wheeljack helps Starscream discover something about his romantic orientation. And for once, a lab accident is not Wheeljack’s fault.

other tags: Established Relationship, Aromanticism, Self-Discovery, Friendship, Explosions, Injury, Post-War

AO3


Go forth, and show some love for these awesome things!