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Storyletter Prompt: Exploring the Unknown
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Flash Fiction and Poetry Prompt:
Exploring the Unknown
Write a poem or flash fiction piece that explores the concept of the unknown. This could be a journey into the infinite expanse of space, a dive into the deepest depths of the ocean, or a trippy exploration of the human mind. Use sensory details and vivid imagery to create a sense of wonder and intrigue, and leave room for interpretation and reflection.
Flash fiction is generally anything under 1,000 words (for the sake of this prompt).
Some possible questions to consider as you write:
What does the unknown represent to your character or speaker? Is it a source of fear, excitement, or both?
What obstacles or challenges does your character or speaker encounter on their journey into the unknown?
What discoveries do they make along the way? Are they surprising, unsettling, or inspiring?
How do they return from their journey, if at all? Do they come back changed, or do they bring something back with them?
This prompt will end on May 17, 2023. A poll will be held for readers to vote on their favorite piece between May 17 - May 24. Top prize for the poll winner will be a $25 gift card to the Storyletter Gift Shop.
Publish the story on your own Substack and link the post in the comments below so I’ll be able to read and share it via cross-posts. You can also tag me in your post with the @ mention feature for your convenience.
If you’re an XPress Member, you can submit the story via the submission form found in your Welcome email for potential paid publication! Storyletter XPress Publishing LLC pays .01 cent per word for accepted stories, and will include accepted stories in our upcoming anthology (release date TBD). Word count limitations only apply to stories purchased by The Storyletter. If you need the submission form again, don’t hesitate to reach out.
Remember that poetry and flash fiction are both great mediums for exploring big ideas in a small space, so don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with form and style. Have fun, and happy writing!
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