The Return of Prompts

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Everyone can get involved with Hippocampus Magazine with {prompts}! This month, April 2014, we’re bringing back this past interactive feature after a two-year hiatus. Each month we’ll post a new creative nonfiction prompt, inspired by a real-life event; fact is stranger than fiction and if we experience something unbelievable, we know that others must have a similar story.

How to submit:

Submit your 300-word-or-less response to this prompt by the 20th of the month using the contact form below:

“I regretted putting it in my mouth immediately.”

Due April 20; Published in May 2014 issue

We’ll share a selection of the best submissions–plus the story that inspired this prompt–in the next issue. Note that your {prompts} submission doesn’t have to include the {prompt} verbatim. Remember: we’re looking for true stories! And, if you are too shy to share, feel free to use this activity as a writing exercise for yourself!

Submit Your Prompt

We suggest writing and editing in a Word document and then coming back to this page to post when your submission is ready.

By submitting your {prompt} you agree to have your submission, first name and location published in Hippocampus Magazine. We reserve the right to edit submissions. There is no guarantee that we will publish your submission. Due to volume, we cannot respond to individual entries.

 

 

 

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  • flashmemoirs

    Is the word “in” missing in the prompt above??

    • Not anymore, thanks to your eagle eye! Thanks for letting us know. See, we regretted putting it in our mouth so much that we couldn’t even type the word “in”!

      • flashmemoirs

        😀

  • Katrina Johnston

    Is the prompt as worded above? Or is it as was distributed via e-mail? I mean, the placement of the word “immediately.”
    I immediately regretted putting it in my mouth???????? Oy Vey?

    • Submissions don’t need to include prompt verbatim. It’s just meant to stir a memory. So if you ate or drank or tasted (or hid!) something you wish you hadn’t, share your story. 🙂