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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]

Only three things are guaranteed in life: death, taxes, and motherf***ing junk mail.

The mailbox, overflowing with flyers about some terrible pizza chain offering $4 medium pizzas (read the room bro, it’s a pandemic. I’m buying local AF right now.). That organization you donated to one time, which has spent wasted considerably more on mailings trying to win back your support. How many miles and mountains of landfill are created from colorful mailings that get placed directly into your trash can?

Now, I don’t want to send the wrong message here. Because while we want your writing, we’re not asking for more spam in our inbox from capitalist enterprises. So, to make it clear, when we say “accepting submissions,” it does not mean solicitations for coupons to save on erectile dysfunction meds. It does not mean pitching your SEO services or how you’re going to fix our website, which works fine—thanks.

But we DEFINITELY DO want your creative stories, personal essays, and most inspired short form works on the subject of JUNK MAIL, in all its chronic pestilent forms.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: JUNK MAIL

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using JUNK MAIL 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 JUNK MAIL. 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 Friday March 5th at midnight EST.

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