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Each week, we issue a writing prompt to our own staff, guest contributors, and readers like you. We welcome guest submissions, so if you’re interested in being featured or regularly contributing to the site, email your responses to kelaine.conochan [at]

If you are anywhere near the Mid-Atlantic, you have been hearing, seeing, and stepping on these little buggers for weeks now. Matter of fact, they’re not such little buggers. They’re pretty sizable. And they are f*cking EVERYWHERE.

Flying into your windshield, crashing into your face on a run, their carcasses crunching underfoot on every sidewalk.

Every 17 years, this brood of red-eyed insects emerge from underground, stupid and harmless, simply to scream and procreate. All buzz and no bite. They’re fascinating. Or terrifying. Or awesome. Or disgusting. It all depends on who you ask.

And now, we’re asking YOU.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: CICADAS

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using CICADAS as our prompt.

If you’ve got an inspired ideas about how to respond to this week’s prompt, send us your submission of 400-700 words. Write us anything that comes to mind when you think of CICADAS. It can be a personal essay, a poem, short story, script, or anything else original and fresh. Ironic or sincere, real or imagined—just make it worth our while and we’ll publish it, include it in our newsletter, and give you the chance to join the creative, talented staff writers here at The Prompt.

Email your responses to by Sunday June 20th at midnight EST.

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