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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 out there now. It just slipped out. And now, you can’t take it back.

You wish you could. You wish to had bit your tongue, had a little more self-control, paused to take a breath. But alas, we are where we are, you said what you said, and now we all have to live with it. This is what great stories are made of.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: “I SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID THAT”

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, which include the line “I SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID THAT.”

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 I SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID THAT. 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 21st at midnight EST.

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