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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]

The fairy tale started with a “Once upon a time,” and it ended the same way they all do. But for a while there—in that middle section—it got dicey a few times. I mean, we weren’t sure whether the princess would end up with the prince, whether the hero would slay the dragon, whether the kingdom would ever be the same.

And then lo and behold, the writer commanded peace and prosperity in perpetuity. An unfair, lazy shortcut, if you ask us. But then again, maybe we’re being too cynical. Maybe we’re stuck in that middle section and can’t find the pathway to salvation. Maybe we still have so much writing to do before we get to those three fateful words.

Will you join us in writing them?

This Week’s Writing Prompt: HAPPILY EVER AFTER

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using HAPPILY EVER AFTER 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 HAPPILY EVER AFTER. 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 April 23rd at midnight EST.

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