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.

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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. […] This is a piece of fiction piece written for D. Wallace Peach’s monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt.  […]

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  2. https://helenevaillant.com/2019/01/15/illusion/
    Hello Diana. My first time here. I wrote a poem after reading that we could write poems for the prompt. Hopefully this is alright. 🙂

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  3. […] Peach, from Myths of the Mirror, is hosting a monthly speculative fiction writing challenge on her blog. She even said we could write poetry!! At the beginning of the month, she gives us an […]

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  4. […] …with D. Wallace Peach’s January Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt. […]

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  5. Thanks Ms. Diana for the splendid prompt! Here goes my humble take on it:
    https://blogternator.com/2019/01/14/mission-gandalf/

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  6. […] This is a piece of fiction piece written for D. Wallace Peach’s monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt.  […]

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  7. Violet Lentz says:

    https://violetslentz.home.blog/2019/01/13/dragonlord/

    Well, i told you I’d drop by. And here I am…

    It’s longer than I’d have liked it to be, but it just felt so good to be able to tell the whole story for a change. Thank you so much for the venue!!

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  8. […] is a full length fiction piece written for D. Wallace Peach’s monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt. Damn! Did it feel good to write outside the […]

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  9. […] This is my contribution to Diana from Myths in the Mirror’s wonderful writing prompt. […]

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  10. […] to D. Wallace Peach, a most excellent writer, for the […]

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  11. […] Written for the new monthly Fiction Prompt hosted by D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror […]

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  12. babbitman says:

    Hi Diana! It’s such a great piece of art that I couldn’t resist… https://babbitman.wordpress.com/2019/01/12/ice-mission/
    😀

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  13. […] is a short story inspired by a fantasy picture posted on Diana Wallace Peach’s blog with the aim of encouraging some speculative short fiction. How could I […]

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  14. I taken the challenge and here’s my response: https://realitywithatwistbooks.wordpress.com/2019/01/10/winters-pilgrims-flash-fiction/ Thanks for the inspiration. It took me somewhere completely unexpected.

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  15. […] Writing Prompt challenge for the month of January. There’s still time to participate. Click HERE for more info. Here’s my efforts in response to the photo prompt. I guess it’s […]

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  16. ghostmmnc says:

    Here’s my attempt at the photo challenge. Thanks, Diana!
    https://wp.me/p3RE1e-6DM

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  17. […] New Year, New Feature: a Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt […]

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  18. This is perfect! I was in a bit of a slump and the image provided the kick I needed. I’ll work on something in the next couple of weeks 🙂

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  19. […] following one thousand word story is my response to January’s Photo Prompt challenge over on Diane Wallace-Peach’s excellent […]

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  20. Sorry I’m a bit slow, Di, had two versions of this story, but they didn’t feel strong enough. Hope my final version of ICEMAN does. Thanks for this challenge. Great idea!

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  21. Anneberly says:

    anneberlyandrewscom.wordpress.com/2019/01/08/kalaallit-nunaat/

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  22. willowdot21 says:

    Excellent idea I do love a photo prompt.💜

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  23. Reblogged this on M J Mallon YA/Paranormal Author and commented:
    An awesome pic from Diana to use as writing inspiration for January #WritingPrompt.

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  24. Speculative fiction… I’m not sure of the definition but will look it up. I love this idea! I’m in! ❤

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  25. […] New Year, New Feature: a Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt […]

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  26. trentpmcd says:

    Hi Diana – I finally got a chance to write something: https://trentsworldblog.wordpress.com/2019/01/06/cold-war/

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  27. […] This was written for D. Wallace Peach‘s new Speculative Fiction challenge.  See here. […]

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  28. […] for Diana’s, at Myth in the Mirror, January’s Writing Prompt, part of her Speculative Fiction Writing […]

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  29. Beautiful writing prompt, Happy New Year, Diana!

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  30. Hi Diana. Thank you for setting this off, I love speculative fiction and it’s wonderful to have a prompt that’s open to longer pieces of writing instead of just poetry and micro-fiction. Wonderful choice for the first image as well. I’m really enjoying reading what everyone else has contributed.
    https://caroljforrester.com/2019/01/05/this-terrible-thing-called-hope-shortstory-flashfiction/

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  31. […] of Myths of the Mirror has a new feature on her blog called, “New Year, New Feature: a Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt.”  Please visit the link to find out more about the challenge, then get to […]

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  32. syncwithdeep says:

    Hi Diana, as I saw this Pic in my friends blog, these words hit me..

    she was the warmth of may
    he was the frozen december
    he melted…

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  33. Darlene says:

    Great idea! Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  34. […] piece is written in response to D Wallace Peach’s new prompt #writingprompt, here. It’s open for anyone in […]

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  35. […] Written for the new monthly Fiction Prompt hosted by D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror. […]

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  36. […] visiting Atonement, TN.  Why?  Diana Wallace Peach started a new monthly feature at her blog, Myths of the Mirror.  I caved into the temptation to play along. Click the link to learn […]

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  37. Khaya Ronkainen says:

    Happy New Year, Diana! I’m not sure too, how I missed this post. But what a lovely and fresh start of the year with your writing prompt /challenge! I’m not much of a fiction writer, so I can’t promise to join. But I wish you fun with it. 😀

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  38. Teri Polen says:

    Great idea, Diana – and Happy New Year!

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  39. […] for her friends) who blogs at ‘Myths of the Mirror’ has started a new feature –  “Monthly Speculative Fiction Writing Prompt.” Please hop over to her blog to read more and get […]

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  40. How did I miss this?? I can’t wait to write!

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