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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]

Usually, our prompts are more conceptual, topical, or abstract. But this time, we’re being pretty darn specific on how we want you to start your post.

“Pass the ketchup,” she said softly.

But who is “she?” And for what does she need ketchup? And who is she asking?

With just a tap or a squeeze of the bottle, this week’s prompt could take you anywhere.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: “PASS THE KETCHUP,” SHE SAID SOFTLY.

This week, we’re accepting submissions for new pieces, but they must start with the following words:

“Pass the ketchup,” she said softly.

If you’ve got some inspired ideas about this week’s prompt, send us your submission of 400-700 words. Write us anything that comes to mindL a personal essay, a poem, short story, script, or anything else original and fresh. 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, October 27th at midnight EST.

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