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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]

Stores of every kind, all around you. On the left, they’re selling clothing and perfume. On the right, they’re selling knickknacks and board games. Above you is the store with the neck massagers. Below you is the food court.

For Americans of a certain age, going to the mall was a rite of passage. A place to go to hang with friends, just meandering around for hours with no supervisions. Maybe it was a place you worked. Maybe it was the place where you spent your weekly paycheck. But no matter what, the mall was an iconic cultural gathering place of the 1980s and 1990s. Though on the decline, we still hold a lot of emotions and memories about malls. So let’s write about them.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: THE MALL

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using THE MALL 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 THE MALL. 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 January 8th at midnight EST.

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