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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]

Some monsters are fictional.


Your typical ghouls and ghosts. Werewolves and swamp things. Vampires and witches. Banshees and gremlins. Mummies and zombies.

They’re scary only in a conceptual way. In a way that your imagination can conjure and your logic can override. Your house is not haunted. Monsters are not real. You are safe. 

But some monsters are real.

They live in your mind or at your office. They live in your dreams or your journal or your secrets. They know something dark about you. Who you really are. What you really want. What really happened to you.

This Week’s Writing Prompt: MONSTERS.

We want to hear your stories. Whether real or fictional, hilarious or horrifying. We want you to submit 400-700 words about MONSTERS.

Write us anything that comes to mind when you think of monsters. It can be 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 29th at midnight EDT.

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