I like the idea of having a bit of a smaller word limit. Less to work with but less to write which can help you focus more on detail (or at least thats how it works for me). For genres I was going to suggest adding other ones that were not in the poll last time like, folklore, mythology, and narrative nonfiction to the mix, but I doubt any of those would be popular or appealing enough.
The heroic fantasy genre that was brought up earlier sounds like an interesting choice, though its something I have never written before. Trying new things is good though.