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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]

Trees grow in many shapes, sizes, colors, and climates. They are resilient and enduring fixtures, springing upward from seed to root to trunk to branch to leaf, then back to the ground and back to seed again. They are beautiful and resilient.

The same can be said for families, although there is something far more complicated about families. Where do they start? Where do they end? Will they thrive, or will they be taken down by termites or fungi or hatchets or fire? It’s your story, you tell us.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: FAMILY TREE

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using FAMILY TREE 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 FAMILY TREE. 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 November 15th at midnight EDT.

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