Hello, Patriarchs and Matriarchs!
Family is really important, isn’t it? I know some people don’t get along with their blood relatives well, but family is more than just those related by blood. We can build families too. Say, I think it’s time we know what you would do for your family, because…
This week’s Writing Group prompt is:
For Home and Hearth
RULES AND GUIDELINES BELOW!
Make sure you scroll down and read them if you haven’t! You may not be eligible if you don’t!
Ah, a prompt perfect for the holidays! Nothing like being home with loved ones, cozying up next to the fireplace with cocoa in hand and love in the air.
While that is certainly one way to write about this prompt, there’s more to it than that.
The phrase “home and hearth” refers to warmth, security, and family, the “hearth” part specifically referring to a fireplace and the area around it. The hearth is associated with home and family because, throughout history, it was the main source of heat in the home, and was also where the cooking was done. This could be explored in lots of different ways. For example, perhaps you choose to write about a parent that has to regularly go out hunting to provide food for their spouse and children, as they live in a small, isolated log cabin in the middle of the woods. Maybe you decide to join the loud and ebullient laughter echoing from the mead hall, the villagers all gathered together to share in a warm feast, strong drink, and merry bliss. Perhaps you join a family that, even with today’s technology of stoves, has a yuletide tradition of cooking in their fireplace, of bringing their family all around this central source of warmth and light.
Another way to look at this is to see what one would do for the notion of family and home. Perhaps a small village is plagued by some beast in the woods, and to protect their home, the fathers all band together to hunt whatever creature is terrorizing they’re normally happy and joyous little hamlet. Maybe a wandering stranger stumbles across a rundown, abandoned cabin, and decides to fix it up to settle down and give themselves a place to call home at last. Or maybe it’s as simple as a family just gathering for Christmas dinner, everyone pitching in for their annual potluck.
Whatever the case may be, the warm fuzzies will be bountiful with this prompt for sure!
So settle by the fire, get your warm beverage of choice, and bring us together with your stories.
Remember, this is part of our weekly Writing Group stream! Submit a little piece following the rules and guidelines below, and there’s a chance your entry will be read live on stream! In addition, we’ll discuss it for a minute and give you some feedback.
The whole purpose of this is to show off the creativity of the community, while also helping each other to become better writers. Lean into that spirit! Get ready not just to share what you’ve got, but to give back to the other writers here as well.
Rules and Guidelines
We read at least four stories during each stream, two of which come from the public post, and two of which come from the much smaller private post. Submissions are randomly selected by a bot, but likes on your post will improve your chances of selection, so be sure to share your submission on social media!
Text and Formatting
- English only.
- Prose only, no poetry or lyrics.
- Use proper spelling, grammar, and syntax.
- Your piece must be between 250-350 words (you can use this website to see your wordcount).
- Use two paragraph breaks between each paragraph so that they have a proper space between them (press “enter” or “return” twice).
- Include a submission title and an author name (doesn’t have to be your real name). Do not include any additional symbols or flourishes in this part of your submission. Format them exactly as you see in this example, or your submission may not be eligible: Example Submission.
- No additional text styling (such as italics or bold text). Do not use asterisks, hyphens, or any other symbol to indicate whether text should be bold, italic, or styled in any other way. CAPS are okay, though.
What to Submit
- Keep submissions “safe-for-work”; be sparing with sexuality, violence, and profanity.
- Try to focus on making your submission a single meaningful moment rather than an entire story.
- Write something brand new; no re-submitting past entries or pieces written for other purposes
- No fan fiction whatsoever. Take inspiration from whatever you’d like, but be transformative and creative with it. By submitting, you also agree that your piece does not infringe on any existing copyrights or trademarks, and you have full license to use it.
- Submissions must be self-contained (everything essential to understanding the piece is contained within the context of the piece itself—no mandatory reading outside the piece required. e.g., if you want to write two different pieces in the same setting or larger narrative, you cannot rely on information from one piece to fill in for the other—they must both give that context independently).
- One submission per participant.
- Submit your entry in a comment on this post.
- Submissions close at 12:00pm CST each Friday.
- You must like and leave a review on two other submissions to be eligible. Your reviews must be at least 50 words long, and must be left directly on the submission you are reviewing, not on another comment. If you’re submitting to the private post, feel free to leave these reviews on either the private or the public post. The two submissions you like need not be the same as the submissions you review.
- Be constructive and uplifting. These submissions are not for a professional market, and shouldn’t be treated as such. We do this, first and foremost, for the joy of the craft. Help other writers to feel like their work is valuable, and be considerate and gentle with critique when you offer it. Authors who leave particularly abrasive or disheartening remarks on this post will be disqualified from selection for readings.
- Use the same e-mail for your posts, reviews, and likes, or you may be rendered ineligible (you may change your username or author name between posts without problem, however).
- You may submit to either or both the public/private groups if you have access, but if you decide to submit to both, only the private group submission will be eligible.
- Understand that by submitting here, you are giving us permission to read your submission aloud live on stream and upload public, archived recordings of said stream to our social media platforms. You will always be credited, but only by the author name you supply as per these rules. No other links or attributions are guaranteed.
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