New Year, New Feature: a Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt

I wish you all a wonderfully creative, happy, healthy, and safe new year, full of laughter and love.


After 5+ years of blogging, I thought I’d try something new… finally. How about a Monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt? Sue Vincent was the inspiration for this idea since I’ve loved participating in her weekly prompts (check out her extremely popular feature here.)

If you’re interested, here’s how it will work:

On the first of every month, I’ll post a speculative fiction prompt from Pixabay. These images are attribution free so you can use them on your blog without worrying about copyright restrictions.

Throughout the month, I’ll reblog your prompt-inspired stories, poems, reflections, writing. And on the last day of each month, I’ll share a complete round-up of all contributions with links to the original posts. Visiting the blogs of participants is a great way to meet other speculative fiction writers.

Below is January’s prompt. On or before January 24th, post your response on your own blog and link back to this post with a pingback, so I can reblog your post as well as include you in the month-end round-up. There are no word limits or style restrictions, but please keep it somewhat family friendly.

If you’re unsure of how to create a pingback, Hugh has an excellent tutorial here. If you prefer, you can copy and paste your link into the comments of this post.

Above all, have fun.

January’s #WritingPrompt

by Stefan Keller

330 thoughts on “New Year, New Feature: a Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt

  1. Kellywalsh says:

    Hello! Just started on this site, thanks so much for allowing us to use this wonderful imagery to awaken the imagination!

    My take is a simple story called

    Trek of the lemmings

    Oh the things that they’d know
    If just one took a moment to look left through the snow

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  2. […] to the Monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt, from Diana, at Myths of the Mirror. Click here for full […]

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  3. Hi Diana, it’s great to find out your new monthly challenge. I came home from a family trip on January 25. I’ll look forward to your new challenge for next month.

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  4. […] poetic response to the January prompt at Myths of the Mirror, above.  Somehow working in blues always leads me to stitching…in this case I painted two […]

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  5. ellenbest24 says:

    Bugger fat fingers on tiny keys … but the want to return to writing is huge. New rescue pup and a recovering husband (removal of brain tumor) has taken top slot since Christmas.

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    • You’ve had your hands full with caretaking and loving, Ellen. I can’t imagine, and I do hope that your husband is doing well and the new pup is bring fun and joy to you both. Sending much healing light and hope your way. ❤


      • ellenbest24 says:

        Better now they have dealt with it. Xx Just waiting while he heals and on histology. Rescue Pup… I think rescued me; although, best we don’t tell her as for now she believes the opposite to be true. 😃😂🤣

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  6. ellenbest24 says:

    I can’t promise to be on time or to catch every one but the want

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  7. Great initiative, Diana! Any exercise that combines generosity with creativity is one worth supporting! Will be eager to see what comes of this experiment…

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  8. Himani Kaushik says:

    My first writing prompt. Was very challenging but thought to give it a try. Hope it stands somewhere amongst the fantastic prompts of others. Thanks D.Wallace Peach

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  9. […] is in response to a writing prompt initiated by D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror. Thanks, D.Wallace Peach for this challenging mind […]

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  10. […] Written for:D. Wallace Peach’s January Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt […]

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  11. […] It’s been ages since I’ve written a short story, and I was in a bit of a slump. Thankfully Diana came to the rescue with her new monthly picture prompt feature: […]

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  12. Reblogged this on BJ Sikes, author and commented:
    Writing prompt challenges are definitely a fun way to get some words on the page! Here’s one from D. Wallace Peach that uses an image for inspiration.
    What inspires you more: a word/phrase or an image?

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  13. […] I’ve just discovered the very fabulous D Wallace Peach’s Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt – an opportunity for spec fic writers to get their groove on and have their stories reblogged […]

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  14. Oh my! Why has it taken me so long to look this up? Spec Fiction is my absolute favourite! And that image… well, it certainly set the imagination running. Keep an eye out for the story!

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  15. Thanks to you, Diana, I have ‘discovered’ another excellent writer in Kevin. HIs flash fiction is spectacularly speculative. I’m working on my own (makeshift) speculative fiction for tomorrow (Friday’s) post. Didn’t use your iceman photo, but in weird ways, it certainly inspired me, and I mention you in the end. 🙂

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  16. […] was written for D. Peach’s new challenge.  I read the fantastic entry Glass Mountain by Robbie Cheadle and thought the photo was a […]

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  17. […] Contest. Write a limerick and share it! Also, “Directions from a Druid,” in response to D. Wallace Peach‘s picture prompt. Sunday, January 13: “Bio-Enrichment,” my flash fiction […]

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  18. I saw this on michnavs blog and I just couldn’t resist. So, here’s my take:

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  19. janmalique says:

    A great idea Diana, I’ll post my contribution later this week.

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  20. […] Wallace Peach is running a month long writing challenge. The prompt is the picture below. Thanks for the challenge, […]

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