I wanted to open up to the traditional genres of mystery and SF--to be more open minded myself--and aso because there are still pulp magazines out there to publish such short stories in. The may not last much longer.
Unfortunately, the stories I got were poor. The students wrote from TV models, and in spite of my warnings about GI Joe action figure flat characters and conventional plots--well, they gave me just what I warned them against.
So it's back to being Mr. Nasty. I didn't allow Harlequin romance stories either, but of course I got a few. Seems like in half the romance stories I get, the guy is called Josh. I wish they'd call him Lance for the phallic humor involved, or, even better Lance-a-lot.
Maybe next semester I'll tell them they have to tell a story using a plot from Shakesepeare.