Promptly Blog

Writer’s Digest Managing Editor Zachary Petit helps get your creative juices flowing with Promptly, a writing prompt-driven community that aims to get your pen moving and keep it that way. Posts appear every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, offering flash-fiction prompts, activities and maybe even some Q&As—in addition to some positive reinforcement.


Did You Hear That?

As you likely know, the term onomatopoeia refers to words that imitate sounds associated with actions and objects. Incorporate as many onomatopoetic words into a story or scene as you can.

Q&A With Eliot Stein, Grand-Prize Winner of the 2018 WD Annual Writing Competition

“The Last Remaining Sea Silk Seamestress,” by Eliot Stein, is the Grand Prize­–winning story for the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, besting more than 5,300 entries across nine categories. For complete coverage of the 87th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition, please check out the November/December 2018 issue of Writer’s Digest.

Character Content

Consider what it means to be "judged by the content of your character." Write a scene in which an individual is not judged by the content of his or her character, but by something else entirely. It doesn't have to be skin color, but perhaps another physical attribute or factor beyond...

The Shadow

Dampness lingers in the midnight air. Nearby, an unidentifiable sound pricks at your nerves, repeating every few seconds. Your breath catches in your throat as a long shadow cleaves through the light spilling from a street lamp just around the corner ahead of you. You consider turning back. ... What happens...

Why We Write

The Prompt: This week's writing prompt is a little bit different than usual. Instead of telling us a fictional tale, we'd like to hear the why behind your love of writing. Share in the comments—in under 500 words—the reason behind your love of writing. Your response could appear in the February 2018...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Poetry

Thank you to all the participants in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards.  Please see below for a list of books entered into the Poetry category. A fox peeks out:  poems Ravi Chandra www.ravichandramd.com A Journey of Faith Betty Brown Simm A Poetic Tribute to the Young’uns Who Lunched with Oprah...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Reference Books

Thank you to all the participants in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards.  Please see below for a list of books entered into the Reference category. “A History of University of Florida Residence Facilities, Rev. 3rd edition” Sharon C. Blansett A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Nonfiction

Thank you to all the participants in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards.  Please see below for a list of books entered into the Nonfiction category. 48 Hours to Chaos John Waterman http://www.johndwaterman.com/ A Busy Moms Guide to Entertaining Lisa A. Stukel amazon.com   authorhouse.com  barnes and noble A Crime Against One...

20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Mainstream/Literary Fiction

Thank you the everyone who participated in our 20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards. Below is a list of the books entered in our Mainstream/Literary Fiction category. A Suffering Heart Paula Scanland http://outskirtspress.com/webpage.php?ISBN=9781432790844 “Screenwriter” Rafael Lima www.limastories.com “(C) Rock Stories:  Million-Dollar Tales of Music, Mayhem, and Immaturity” Dave Brigham booklocker.com/books/5152.html + One...