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The Literature and Arts Magazine of Brenau University

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“the torment of having the loved one go, the guilt of being the loved on gone” -from One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

Write about the tension of such a situation, the two perspectives of the same event.

Submit all prompts for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com. All applicants must be current students at Brenau University.

“They never knew each other, and the only thing they had in common was my mother’s love.” -from One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

Write about two people who are connected by someone who has died and how that either brings them together or tears them apart.

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“Roll, Jordan, Roll” would fill the air around them and roll back on them from the next mountain in echoes” -from One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

Write about someone experiencing the mountain echoes (e.g. they’re screaming in loss, sex sounds, whistling) and how it effects them to have it reverberated back to them. / Write about the waves and how the character’s emotions (whatever they may be) are washing over them again and again.

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“Reciting, her voice took on resonance and firmness, it rang with the old fervor, with ferocity even. She was teaching me one more, almost her last, lesson: emotions do not grow old.” -from One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

Write about an old person reliving some of their most passionate moments (e.g. sex, marriage, heartbreak) and then being jolted back to reality. / Write about an old person being mocked for their “fiesty-ness” and that person’s inner response and reflections.

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories.” -from One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

Write about someone who writes stories and then they happen. / Write about someone who hears all kinds of stories throughout their life (either because they’re mute or they are trustworthy, etc.).

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“It had been startling and disappointing to me to find out that story books had been written by people, that books were not natural wonders, coming up of themselves like grass.” -from One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

Write about how books are born (either fantastically or metaphorically or literally).

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“It was one of a good many things I learned almost without knowing it; it would be there when I needed it.” -from One Writer’s Beginnings by Eudora Welty

Write about someone who has a long forgotten talent (e.g. subliminal martial arts, the recipe for his/her grandmother’s pot roast).

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“Every river they came to was bridgeless, as if its name had been erased, as if the sky were starless, homes doorless.” -from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Write something that captures that feeling of being nameless, without identity or place of belonging. / Write something that is lacking its usual characteristics (i.e. a market with nothing to sell).

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“Whereas I am the man who fasts until I see what I want.” -from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Write about someone holding out for what they want (a dream, love, their principles, etc.)

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“But here they were shedding skins.” -from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Write about someone “shedding” their metaphorical skin, someone revealing their true identity (be it good, bad, or in between).

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“He did not yet have a faith in books.” -from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Write about someone who lacks faith/distrusts books, they have led this person astray in the past. / Write about someone who sees books as more than just words on a page, but as separate entities with something to say.

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“The angel too is a warrior.” -from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Write about the duality of personalities (i.e. a mother is kind to her child and fierce to those who threaten it; a person who thinks one thing and says another).

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“the first sight…of a mountain that has been there forever.” -from The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

Write from the perspective of that mountain or something equally permanent and old.

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

Write a piece about your life if it went down a different road (you asked that guy out, you went to a different school, you ran away from home at a young age, etc.)

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

“It’s difficult to see the glass ceiling because it’s made of glass. Virtually invisible.” -from How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Write about someone who has hit a “glass ceiling,” someone who encounters some sort of brick wall- a naysayer, an ultimatum, a forked path, etc.

Submit all prompt for publication consideration to: brenauelixir@gmail.com.

(Note: you must be a current student at Brenau University in order to submit; we do not accept pieces longer than 1,00 words; all writers retain their copyrights).

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