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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]

Your ride. Your whip. Your car. For some, their car is more than a mode of transportation; it’s a part of their identity. And for some, that means they really want to put their personal stamp on it. Quite literally.

Oh yes, we’re talking about vanity plates. In 8 characters or fewer, a vanity plate makes a statement about who you are, or who your anthropomorphized car is, or how you and your car relate to the other drivers of the road. They can be obnoxious or silly, self-aggrandizing or self-deprecating. But no matter what they say, they’re hard to ignore. And that, my friends, makes for good writing fodder.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: VANITY PLATES

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using VANITY PLATES 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 VANITY PLATES. 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 August 15th at midnight EDT.

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