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Looking for a prompt escape from football recaps and snow?

Looking for a prompt escape from football recaps and snow?

Feel free to take the following prompt home or post your response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below. By posting, you’ll be entered in our occasional around-the-office swag drawings. If you’re having trouble with the captcha code sticking, feel free to e-mail your story to me at, with “Promptly” in the subject line, and I’ll make sure it gets up.

You go on a test drive in a new car. With the dealership representative in the passenger seat, you pull to the side of the road, turn off the engine, and lock the doors.
“There’s something I should tell you,” you say.

Also, it’s not to late to Reject a Hit. Write a humorous rejection letter of a classic or contemporary bestseller for a shot at getting published in Writer’s Digest magazine.

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And now, after using my high-tech, bias-free methodology of putting the name of every commenter in a bowl (secret formula: as many posts as they commented, counting one comment per post, and assuming they didn’t win the previous month) and dunking a hand in, we’ve got a name.

Laying claim to the pile of Promptly swag this time around: Dorraine.

Dorraine* will be taking home Diane Wei Liang’s Paper Butterfly, Allie Larkin’s Stay, Robert Hass’ The Apple Trees at Olema, William Dietrich’s The Barbary Pirates, Laura Munson's This Is Not the Story You Think It Is, C.J. Box's Nowhere to Run, Michael Moorcock's The Jewel in the Skull, Christine King Farris' Through It All, Jean Kwok's Girl in Translation and Robert J. Ray's The Weekend Novelist Rewrites the Novel.

To everyone who wrote a story, stories, or shared their thoughts in any form in the last month: An honest thank you for being a part of Promptly.

*Dorraine, can you contact me and provide your address so I can get the swag shipped out?

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Great Creative in 2010: Tap into inspiration. Learn strategies for making time to write. Plan your own low key writing retreat. Check out 26 writing contests that can get your book published. Create a book trailer with cinematic flair. Learn Sue Grafton’s writing secrets. Click here to check the February 2010 issue of WD out!

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