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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]

As we reach the checkpoint of mid-August, it’s also time to check in on how we’ve all been tracking on literary pursuits. The kids are going back to school and the adults are winding down their vacations, all of which points to one thing:

Summer reading.

So funny how what was once an obligation now feels like recreation. So funny how I once hated The Great Gatsby and Lord of the Flies but now they are a total treat. So funny how I used to feel bored by having free time, and now I would make like Jack and kill for it.

WHoooooOooo — that brings me back to sophomore year.

The good news is you can read for pleasure now. The great news is you can write for pleasure too. No one is going to grade you this time. So, why not send us a post?


This Week’s Writing Prompt: SUMMER READING

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using SUMMER READING 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  SUMMER READING. 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 August 20th at midnight ET.

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