February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt

Pixabay image by Marianne Sopala

For visually challenged writers, this is an image of an elephant in a snowstorm next to a little house that’s resting crookedly in a tree. A handful of white mice are on the roof of the house.

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Thank you to everyone who responded to January’s prompt. There are marvelous imaginations out there, and I loved reading and sharing your stories, poems, and artwork. Now, for something a little different! Above is February’s image. If interested, you have until February 21st to submit a response. Happy Writing!

Here’s how it works:

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, in order of receipt, I’ll reblog as many of your prompt-inspired creations as I can. 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.

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.

199 thoughts on “February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt

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  10. J.R. Shull says:

    Hello there!
    Thanks for providing this creative writing opportunity. It was the first time I’ve really followed a photo prompt, but I had a lot of fun and I really like what I came up with. 🙂 I hope you do too!
    https://jrshull.com/2019/02/10/the-stormbringer/

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  12. […] This is the third chapter of the story “When the Elephant Bumps the Mouse House” based on the image by Marianne Sopala that was off of Pixabay.  The larger story is in response to D. Wallace Peach’s February Speculative Fiction Prompt. […]

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  17. Hello Diana. I have written a Nonet for this month’s prompt… the link to my post… thank you.
    https://helenevaillant.com/2019/02/07/disruption/

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  18. […] Written for: D. Wallace Peach at Myths of the Mirror February’s Speculative Fiction Prompt:  Photo Above […]

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  19. Hi: My first time trying one of your prompts. My first thought was “the elephant in the room” with political rumblings but you did say keep it family friendly….so…..he Classroom Circus http://lensdiary.blog/2019/02/07/the-classroom-circus/

    I’m still trying to get a handle on pingbacks.

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  20. ghostmmnc says:

    Hi, Diana! Happy February! I’ve been enjoying reading some of the entries for the challenge so far this month. Very good!
    Here’s mine:
    https://wp.me/p3RE1e-6Nb

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  22. Oooh, this looks like a fun one. Can’t wait to read all the entries! (as I’m trying desperately to catch up on blog reading while prepping for my book release–uff-da!

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    • The stories have been so varied, Julie. What a bunch of creative writers out here on WP. And there are so many entries that I can’t imagine that many bloggers will read them all, so don’t worry about that. Whatever you have time for. 🙂 You are in the endgame now. Let’s talk about your release soon. I can provide a review from my beta read along with the cover and blurb – prior to or on your release day (if you are interested). 🙂

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  23. Himani says:

    This one seemed tougher than before Wallace😄😄😄 But I like your prompts so much that my mind instructs me to not miss this one or else I’ll lose out some nice mind exercise 😄😄😄
    this is my Feb prompt for such a cute picture
    https://booksenstuff.wordpress.com/2019/02/06/the-kingdom-of-elephantine-februarys-writing-prompt/

    Thank you for this one. And I hope I have written something worth reading because I am surrounded by such good writers that I feel mine is always at the rock-bottom….HAHA…

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  26. Sarah says:

    What a fun image! I really look forward to see what people come up with!! 😄

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  27. Teri Polen says:

    You find the best images, Diana.

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  28. Frank Prem says:

    Thought I should have another crack at this, Diana. A mouse perspective.

    https://wp.me/p7yTr8-6Qu

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