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How to Respond to Prompts

  • Submitted work does not have to respond to the Issue Theme or Prompt. We give a slight preference to responses but all work will be considered.
  • You may respond to either the Theme or the Prompt, or both (or neither).
  • Responses should not be literal. Submitted works do not need to explicitly mention the Theme or Prompt.
  • You don’t have to tell us you’re responding but you may. (We can usually tell.)
  • If responding, use the Theme or Prompt as a gentle suggestion for the mood, style, or content of your work.
  • Do the Theme or Prompt evoke anything in you? If so, try to submit work that may have similar associations or inferences.
  • Prompts exist to inspire and to evoke something. If a Prompt doesn’t inspire you, ignore it.

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