the prompt

Genres Published: 
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
Web, E-publication
Reading Period: 
Jan 1 to Dec 31
Reporting Time: 
3 to 6 months
Charges Reading Fee: 
Accepts Electronic Submissions: 
Accepts Simultaneous Submissions: 
Accepts Unsolicited Submissions: 
Number of Debut Authors per Issue: 
at least 1
No payment
Issues per Year: 

Editorial Focus

As writers and instructors of writing, we have all found ourselves with work that came from workshops, random exercises, and desperate attempts to find our voices. Unfortunately, anything that looks too much like it came from an exercise, prompt, or other such “mechanical” source gets relegated by editors to that pile with a sticky note on top that says “too workshoppy.” That is why we created the prompt. The prompt is the place for all levels of writers to have an opportunity to publish, as well as for a community of writers to find new ways to expand creative writing horizons.

Tips From the Editor

We are a magazine that has a bit of a different point of view; our submissions must be accompanied by a writing prompt or exercise that generated them. Please read out guidelines. Please include a prompt, inspiration, or writing exercise that launched the work. Be creative and remember--many, many works have been created by a prompt that you may not think of as strictly a prompt. Please adhere to our limits--don't "bomb" us with your work. Please DO submit even if you are a new writer—we welcome fresh voices and novice writers, and attempt to include at least one unpublished author in each issue.

Contact Information

Kim Hunter-Perkins, Editor
PO Box 293
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Last updated: Feb 17, 2017