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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]

It’s been a long year. You’re beaten and worn. You’re tired. You’re jaded. And I didn’t really want to say anything, but if we’re being honest, you’ve been pretty cranky.

But if you look forward, finally, there’s a little bit of light at the end of all this darkness. It’s the size of a pinhole, but you can see it up ahead. You’re marching toward it, and with every step, it gets larger and brighter. Wow. What a glow.

Do you even remember what optimism feels like?

You’re about to.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL 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 LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL. 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 Saturday March 13th at midnight EST.

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