A Writer’s Notebook: a slew of writing prompts

This week I’m working on several things at once, and all the writing I’m doing is destined (I hope) for other publications. But true to the Notebook, all the work also is written from prompts. So I thought I’d share links to the places whose prompts I’m working with.

In Between Altered States: Open-ended prompts for very short fiction.

Housefire: A few inventive but very explicit prompts with detailed instructions; fiction and poetry.

The Prompt Literary Magazine: So many prompts in such a variety it’s almost a book of exercises. Which is cool. Fiction, poetry, essays, sketches, and pretty much anything else involving words.

Our Band Could Be Your Lit: Submissions based on prescribed songs; flash fiction. (It’s been on hiatus for a while, but send in something anyway and make editor/author Ryan Werner do some work on it!)

Unshod Quills: Fairly open as to style, genre, etc, with several general prompts to choose from. Fiction, essays, poetry, videos, photography, and so on, and so on.

I could list all the prompts here, but there are a lot, and those sites deserve some traffic, so go visit the links above!

I’m not writing material for all the prompts at all these sites, but I am working on a lot of this. If you know of any other cool publications that also are calling for submissions based on prompts, pass along the links in a comment!

Published by Samuel Snoek-Brown

I write fiction and teach college writing and literature. I'm the author of the story collection There Is No Other Way to Worship Them, the novel Hagridden, and the flash fiction chapbooks Box Cutters and Where There Is Ruin.

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