I just sold a story about Space Marine Midwives with Disabilities to a pro market magazine (announcement of which one when contract is signed).
This should teach us two things about “originality.”
- No idea is so completely bizarre that it should be cast aside as unworthy of being published.
- Since the GENESIS of this story was actually a Call For Submissions (for an anthology that as far as I know, never even opened to submissions. Yeah, um, really should have gone on to that if you wanted this story, guys) that SPECIFIED “Space Marine Midwives,” there is no idea so completely bizarre AND original that no one has thought of it already.
In other words, “Originality” doesn’t matter a DAMN as long as it’s good writing and doesn’t FEEL like a retread.
The rest is up to you.