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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]

Brrrr-ring brrrr-ring!

Should you answer it? It’s just a person on the other end of the line, right? Or at worst, an automated bot. Maybe it’s your long lost friend, hoping to reconnect after all this time. Maybe it’s an emergency. But maybe it’s a ransom call.

More likely, it’s just a stranger tapping numbers erroneously.

These days, a wrong number can result in a call or text. It can also mean that some administrative body has mis-processed your paperwork and now you’ll spend the next 8 months trying to prove your real identity. Bottom line is that there’s a LOT of great fodder for creativity. So, answer the call!

This Week’s Writing Prompt: WRONG NUMBER

This week, we’re looking for new original pieces, using WRONG NUMBER 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 WRONG NUMBER. 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 Wednesday September 29th at midnight EDT.

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