I ran across an anthology call yesterday over at Duotrope that brought to mind a picture I'd clipped out of the Reader's Digest years ago. The picture was of a young boy, maybe eight or ten years old, hung horizontally on a clothesline. I always thought there was a great story in that picture. If I were to write my story though, I doubt I'd submit it to this anthology because, 1. I think they're looking for more literary work than the story I've imagined and 2. because there's no payment, not even a copy of the book. It's not that I haven't written for no payment before, I have. But I believe that a press, no matter how small, should at least give the authors a copy of the anthology. But that's just my two cents.
Here's the idea behind this call and the link:
"My mother always loved laundry lines; not because she enjoyed the task of hanging laundry, but because she loved the stories they had to tell. The history of a family as told by the work worn knees of a father’s coveralls, a pair of mended socks, a mother’s Sunday dress. The deception and lies behind a small stain on a child’s tee-shirt." http://www.scissorsandspackle.com/laundry-lines-anthology
One thing about anthology calls, even if you don't care to submit to a particular call for whatever reason, there's nothing stopping you from using that idea to spark a story for another market. Literary markets are especially good for grabbing ideas that fit perfectly into genre stories.
And if any of you genre publishers out there are up for it, I'd love to see an anthology of crime stories sparked by that clothesline idea. You could even throw in a bit of Western and Horror, maybe with a dash of Fantasy. :) Maybe call it "Hung out to Dry".