Visual Prompt : What’s the Story?

Everything Comes in 3’s: Visual Prompts from Helen: A Literary Magazine. Write a story, scene, poem, or narrative sparked by three images.

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CLASSIC SERIES: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

featuring Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “What Is an Epigram?”

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FNS: And Then At Times by Charles Bane, Jr.

Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative, poem,
spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Tonight’s poem is from Charles Bane, Jr.


And then at times
the dips of our marriage are
no different than the falling
into love in Richmond Park
before we started home, and I
wrote every day until the motion
of the ship made me certain that
for every berth going out,
new souls put in, spit from
foam. If I could read Greek or
understand the errand of the
cardinal we watch for with coffee
in our hands, I could make poetry
on the tips of fence spears where
he stops and the fire of you would
go urgently from land to land.


Charles Bane, Jr. is the American author of three collections of poetry including the recent The Ends Of The Earth: Collected Poems ( Transcendent Zero Press, 2015 ) and The Ascent Of Feminist Poetry, as well as I Meet Geronimo And Other Stories ( Avignon Press, 2015) and  Three Seasons: Writing Donald Hall ( Collection of the Houghton Library, Harvard University). He created and contributes to The Meaning Of Poetry Series for The Gutenberg Project.

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5 Tips on Writing Humor

5 Tips on Writing Humor

  1. Lead with an element of surprise
  2. Use conflict for humorous effect
  3. Rely on good metaphors and similes
  4. Use the Rule of Three
  5. Add meaning
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Visual Prompt : What’s the Story?

Everything Comes in 3’s: Visual Prompts from Helen: A Literary Magazine. Write a story, scene, poem, or narrative sparked by three images.

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CLASSIC SERIES: Marianne Moore

featuring Marianne Moore’s “He Made This Screen”

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5 tips on what we look for in submissions

5 tips on what we look for in submissions

1. Heart
2. Unique Perspective
3. Craft
4. Humor
5. Values

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FNS: The World Accordion to Me by Stephanie Malley

Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative, poem,
spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.

Tonight’s poem is from Stephanie Malley


In an anonymous time,
in a nowhere place,
I stipple the flat surface of the earth
with polka dots.

Ecru, olive, umber, ebon
feet rise up, join hands, dance
across abandoned touch screens
into a third dimension.

Here, now, I face the world:
now, here, while the notes swirl
round and round and round.


Stephanie Malley is stay-at-home mother of four daughters who enjoys writing poetry for both children and adults. She submitted this poem as part of our Visual Quarterly Prompt Contest.

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5 Topics We’re Not Interested in Reading

5 Topics We’re Not Interested in Reading

  1. Alcoholism (or bar stories)
  2. Gambling
  3. Suicide
  4. Weird Sex Stories
  5. Animal POVs
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Visual Prompt : What’s the Story?

Everything Comes in 3’s: Visual Prompts from Helen: A Literary Magazine. Write a story, scene, poem, or narrative sparked by three images.

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