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Prompts Given in The Writer's Cramp From 4/4/19 - 11/5/19
These are prompts I came up with in my fourth year of judging "The Writer's Cramp. You are free to use any of them if they will help you in your writing:

1. Please write a poem or short story that incorporates these four phrases bolded anywhere within the text:

melody of spring
measured in moments
lost roses
field of larks rising


Given April 9 - April 10, 2019 = 3 Entries


2. Please write a poem or short story that incorporates these four phrases bolded anywhere within the text:

promises and lies
mirage
reflection of doubt
final cost


Given April 16 - 17, 2019 = 5 Entries


3. Please write a poem or short story that incorporates these four novel titles bolded anywhere within the text:

grapes of wrath
the sun also rises
this side of paradise
as I lay dying


Given April 23 - 24, 2019 = 5 Entries


4. Please write a poem or short story that incorporates these four song titles bolded anywhere within the text:

more than a feeling
helter skelter
nowhere man
low rider


Given April 30 - May 1, 2019 = 2 Entries


5. Please write a poem or short story that uses this quotation bolded anywhere within the text:

"Mozart is sunshine."

Antonin Dvorak

Given May 7 - 8, 2019 = 6 Entries


6. Get inspired by this quote and write a poem or short story. You do not have to use it in your story or poem, just get inspired by it.

"I refuse to join any club that would accept me as a member."

Groucho Marx

Given May 14 - 15, 2019 = 3 Entries


7. Use this quotation, bolded as the beginning OR ending line of your short story or poem. Please select the "Romance" genre as one of your genres and have fun!

"Love, when so you're loved again."

Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Given May 21 - 22, 2019 = 2 Entries


8. Use this quotation, bolded as the beginning AND ending line of your short story or poem. Please select the "History" genre as one of your genres and have fun!

"People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them."

James Baldwin

Given May 28 - 29, 2019 = 6 Entries


9. Use this quotation to get inspired to write your short story or poem. You do not have to include the quotation Please select the "Writing" genre as one of your genres and have fun!

"Surely it was time someone invented a new plot."

Virginia Woolf

Given June 4 - 5, 2019 = 4 Entries


10. The genre is entirely up to you. Begin AND End your short story or poem with this line bolded

"There was nothing there to see."

Given June 11 - 12, 2019 = 7 Entries


11. The genre is entirely up to you. End your short story or poem with this quotation bolded ~

"No good deed goes unpunished"
Claire Booth Luce

Given June 18 - 19, 2019 = 3 Entries


12. The genre is entirely up to you.

Write a story or a poem about a single high heeled shoe found under a table in an Italian restaurant.

The title of your story or poem should be:

"The Shoe"

Given June 25 - 26, 2019 = 9 Entries


13. Pick history as one of your genres and set your story or poem in the summer of 1969.

Write a story or a poem about someone getting ready to attend Woodstock - the outdoor music festival in upstate New York that attracted nearly half a million participants that summer.

The title of your story or poem should be:

"Summer of Love"

Given July 2 - 3, 2019 = 4 Entries


14. Pretend today is your birthday. (Today really is my birthday, it's where I got the idea.)

You have been granted the wish of meeting and going to eat (and/or drink) with your favorite author. It can be a living author or one who is not with us anymore. If it were me, my favorite is Ernest Hemingway and I would title it Lunch With Ernest or Scotch with Ernest, something along those lines. If you picked Jane Austen, you might call it "Tea with Jane", or something even more clever.

Write a poem or a short story about the experience. You may pick the title and the genre. Have fun!

Given July 9 - 10, 2019 = 3 Entries


15. Choose "Romance" as one of your genres. Write a poem or a short story that starts with this sentence bolded:

"Love found me under a summer sky."

Given July 16 - 17, 2019 = 10 Entries



16. Write a poem or a short story set in a lunch counter of the 1950s or 1960s.

There is one requirement. The title of your story or poem should be:

"Spinnaker's Lunch Counter"

Given July 23 - 24, 2019 = 3 Entries


17. Please END your short story or poem with this line, bolded for judging convenience:

"We danced in the rain that July"

Given July 30 - 31, 2019 = 8 entries


18. At the door to an Italian restaurant, the proprietor keeps a stand full of umbrellas to loan to his customers in case of a sudden rain. Write your story or poem from the point of view of one of those umbrellas and its journey on a day when the weather changes rapidly from sunshine to pouring rain. The genre is up to you. Who ends up with the umbrella? Again, that's up to you Have fun!

Given August 6 - 7, 2019 = 1 Entry


19. Write a story or a poem and title it, "The Last Telephone Booth." Please select History as one of your genres.

Given August 13 - 14, 2019 = 5 Entries


20. Write a short story or poem that BEGINS AND ENDS with this line, bolded for judging convenience:

"I remember candles in the garden that August"

Given August 20 - 21, 2019 = 7 Entries



21. Write a short story or poem that ENDS with this line, bolded for judging convenience:

"That cruel August day, they tore her heart to pieces with words."

Given August 27 - 28, 2019 = 3 Entries


22. Write a short story or poem with these two lines at the beginning, bolded:

"I yearn for the land where I should be
And the wind is calling from home."


The genre is up to you.

The quote comes from "City Sorrow by Bandit's Mama , who was killed in The World Trade Center, 94th Floor of the North Tower on 9/11, eighteen years ago this week.

Given September 10 - 11, 2019 = 7 Entries


23. Write a short story or poem with this line at the END, bolded:

"That September was different, right from the start."

The genre is up to you.

Given September 17 - 18, 2019 = 3 Entries


24. Write a short story or poem with this line included somewhere in the text, bolded:

"Destiny intervened on that fateful night."

Please pick "Mystery" as one of your genres.

Given September 24 - 25, 2019 = 3 Entries


25. Write a short story or poem that BEGINS AND ENDS with this line, bolded:

Things in October are seldom what they seem.

Given October 1 - 2, 2019 = 4 Entries


26. Get inspired by this quote and write a short story or poem in the Horror/Scary Genre. The quote does not have to be included in the text, just get inspired by it:

"By the pricking of my thumbs,
something wicked this way comes"


William Shakespeare

Given October 8 - 9, 2019 = 7 Entries


27. START or END your short story or poem with this sentence, bolded for judging convenience:

The neighbor's black cat cast a long shadow through time.

The genre is up to you.

Given October 15 - 16, 2019 = 8 Entries


28. 13 Years ago today we (a family) were rescued by a Basset Hound.
Write a poem or short story about an animal (your choice - any animal) who rescues a human or humans.

Please select "Animal" as one of your genres. The rest is up to you.

Given October 22 - 23, 2019 = 2 Entries


29. Write a short story or poem about a Halloween Decoration (or decorations) coming to life.

Given October 24 - 25, 2019 = 4 Entries


30. Make this the title of your story or poem:

"The Year the Leaves Forgot to Fall".

The genre is up to you.

Given October 29 - 30, 2019 = 3 Entries


31. Make this the title of your story or poem:

"November Road".

The genre is up to you.

Given November 5 - 6, 2019 = 3 Entries


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