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  • < 1. Direct prompt replies must be good-faith attempts at new stories or poems

    • 100 words minimum for stories, 30 for poems but include [Poem]
    • Write something new using the prompt for inspiration
    • Plagiarism will result in a ban
    • No joke, copypasta, or AI-generated responses
    • For off topic/clarification, reply to sticky comment
  • < 2. No sexually explicit responses, hate speech, or other harmful content

    • Includes, but is not limited to, pedophilia, bestiality, incest, rape, violence against children, and explicit abuse or torture
    • Avoid racism and detailed uses of suicide and political debate
    • Use your best judgment, but mods have final say
  • < 3. Be civil in discussion, feedback, and critiques

    • Users are held to a higher standard here. Think before posting
    • Prompts are meant to inspire new writing. Responses don’t have to fulfill every detail
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  • < 4. All submissions must be tagged at the beginning of the post, capitalized in square brackets

    • Click [tag] to filter. Click » for more detail
    • Prompt Posts (Inspire new writing)
    • WPWriting Prompt: No restrictions (other than the rules of the sub) »
    • SPSimple Prompt: Max 100 characters in the title (including the tag) »
    • EUEstablished Universe: Based on existing fiction »
    • CWConstrained Writing: Limitations or forced usage of words, letters, etc. (don’t ask for less than 100 words) »
    • TTTheme Thursday: Weekly themes announced Thursdays »
    • MPMedia Prompt: Audio or video »
    • IPImage Prompt: A striking image or album »
    • RFReality Fiction: Things that have happened or could happen to unknown people »
    • Response Posts (Write based on prompts)
    • PMPrompt Me: Answer prompts by other users (if answered prompts before) »
    • PIPrompt Inspired: Stories inspired by prompts older than three days (include link) »
    • CCConstructive Criticism: [PI]s you would like critiqued »
    • Other Posts
    • OTOff Topic: Not a prompt, but writing related, not for complaints regarding subreddit content, stories, or advertising without prior approval »
  • < 5. No recent reposts, even if changing small details

    • Search before submitting! (Popular ideas can cause floods)
    • Reposts are allowed, given time (around two weeks)
    • Don’t take a recent prompt and change/invert small details
  • < 6. Prompt users in the title, but don’t play writing games or commission stories

    • Prompt in the title and only use text for commentary or links for [IP]s and [MP]s. Avoid too many details
    • No requesting writing or editing services, or homework help
    • Don’t post ads without getting permission in modmail first
    • Don’t ask writers to pick titles or content from another sub or site
    • Prompts should not call for using autocorrect, autocomplete, or only emojis
  • < 7. Prompts will be removed if there’s a high possibility for rule breaking responses

    • Avoid real-world drama (politics, recent tragedies, etc.)
    • Inspire an effort, avoid simple questions, «write anything», word games, fill-in-the-blanks, or «in X words or less»
    • Prompts must actually be a prompt, not just the suggestion of a genre or emotion
    • Don’t ask for preexisting content (prompts are meant for new writing)
    • No sexually explicit themes, hate speech, or other harmful content (suicide, violence against children, torture, etc.)
    • No troll, joke, poop, meme-based, or all CAPS prompts
Community Guidelines
  • < 8. Keep it about the writing here, not competing or making money

    • Authors are allowed to link to a personal sub or profile, but don’t link back here until the prompt is 24 hours old
    • Patreon and Paypal links are not allowed. Link to your sub or profile instead
    • Recording of other people’s work must follow the guidelines in the FAQ.

Rule breaking posts or comments may be removed without notice. Rule breaking may result in a permanent ban without prior warning.

If you spot a violation, please use the Report button underneath the post. This is the best way to help! If you have an issue with other users, send us a modmail.

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