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Writing Prompt: When things go wrong at the tourist trap.

WRITING PROMPT: Trapped TouristStrikes Back

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It's the ultimate tourist trap. And right now, you have to break in to get your belongings back. Reveal in scene how they got there—and how you reclaim them.

As for those swag drawings mentioned above, on Friday I rounded up all the names of the writers who posted stories in the last month or so, and using my random bias-eradicating technology (dipping hand into bowl with names), a winner emerged: Tom Tangretti. Tom will be taking home a stack of interoffice swag featuring magazines, and nonfiction and fiction books.

As always, many, many thanks to everyone who posted a story—or stories—in the last month. You make the Promptly world go round.

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