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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]

Pack your bags, you’re heading on an trip. It’s not the open road, not the friendly skies, and not the deep blue sea. This time, you’re heading down the wrought iron tracks. But this week, your story starts before you hop on the choo-choo.

Perhaps it’s a commuter rail or subway. Maybe this is the seemingly mundane train station before your main character goes to work, now aglow with opportunity and excitement.

Or perhaps it’s a long distance journey. In a larger station where strangers come and go, but to where? Everyone on the precipice of adventure. Everyone hustling and bustling with their coffees and roller bags. And the luxury of not having to clear TSA.

All aboard!


This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using a TRAIN STATION as your story’s setting.

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 as long as it’s set in a TRAIN STATION. 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 February 25th at midnight ET.

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