Prompt Images

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 feels like everything and everyone is “going viral,” or at least trying to these days. COVID-19. Monkeypox. Influencers. Memes. TikTok dances.

But remember when going viral was exclusively a bad thing? Viral meant pink eye infections had passed through all your cousins, or that a stomach bug had completely ruined the Boy Scout trip. Keep your germs to yourself, but this week, we’d love to see your fresh, original take on GOING VIRAL.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: GOING VIRAL

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using GOING VIRAL 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  GOING VIRAL. 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 Sunday January 15th at midnight EST.

The Prompt Staff

learn more
Share this story
About The Prompt
A sweet, sweet collective of writers, artists, podcasters, and other creatives. Sound like fun?
Learn more