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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]

Sometimes, it’s not enough to just politely request that people do something. Even when it’s in their best interest. Even when the FDA and CDC and WHO have all determined that it’s safe, effective, and will prevent millions of hospitalizations and deaths.

You know, just talking in the abstract here. Nothing specific.

Sometimes, you have to make something a requirement. Sometimes you have to pull out that freshly loaded word and compel the people to do what’s right. And now, we’re compelling you to do what’s write…

This Week’s Writing Prompt: MANDATE

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using MANDATE 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 MANDATE. 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 Monday November 1st at midnight EDT.

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