Speculative Fiction Prompt: February 2022

A large, corked, glass bottle, labelled poison, on a wooden surface in front of a misty landscape.

January is finally behind us! For a month that seemed to last forever, I’m not sure I actually managed to get much done. Ah well, new month, new opportunity to crack on and get some writing under my belt. The theme of this month’s speculative fiction prompt is Poison!

We’re going with a nice simple image this month to encourage writers who have perhaps shied away from previous prompts. However, don’t be fooled, there may be more going on in the photo than meets the eye. As always, have fun with image and I can’t wait to see what pops up in the comments below.

The guidelines for those of you who are new are as follows:

  • Speculative Fiction: a genre of fiction that encompasses works in which the setting is other than the real world, involving supernatural, futuristic, or other imagined elements. [Oxford Dictionary]
  • Use the image above to write a story, poem, perhaps even a script. There are no rules about form or style. If you would like to create a piece of art in response that is also welcome. This prompt is about being artistic and creative in whatever way suits you best.
  • Please keep entries PG as this is open to all. (i.e. no erotica)
  • A new prompt will be posted on the first of each month but feel free to go back and use previous months as you see fit.
  • Use pingbacks to link up to the prompt or leave a link in the comments section. Whichever you prefer.
  • Please include a note with your work to say if you are open to constructive feedback on the work.
  • Please try to check out the responses shared in the comments and pingbacks. If you comment, please take note of the writer’s preference regarding feedback. (A good reference guide for feedback is to start with a positive, then mention what you feel could do with work, and finish up on another point that you liked.
  • As always, re-tweets, re-blogs, and shares are all gratefully received. We are always open to new participants.

A shout out to cosistories’ piece ‘Uncanny Valley‘ which our first response for the 2022 speculative fiction prompts. As the guidelines state, the January prompt is still open for anyone who would like to make use of it.


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