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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]

Flashing lights. Yellow tape. Chalk outlines. What we have here is a crime scene, everybody.

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Maybe it’s a whodunnit. Or maybe the motive and the perpetrator are clear as day. But then again, you’ll have to wait to see what the forensic evidence says. What the neighbors and character witnesses have to say. What the detectives and investigators have to say.

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It’s all a big, scary mess. And we think that’s the perfect way to start a story.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: CRIME SCENE

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using CRIME SCENE 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 CRIME SCENE. 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 March 27th at midnight EST.

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