May 2019

A group of teenagers spends a summer day on a scavenger hunt in the woods just outside of town. When they reconvene to name the winner of the hunt, one of them doesn’t show up and cannot be found.

Where did the teenager go? Were they distracted by something funny, or is there a darker reason for their disappearance?

Try to avoid the obvious grim reasons – murder, kidnapping, suicide – and delve into the possibilities.


– All responses must be submitted by the 15th
– Submissions can be up to 500 words
– Send your (titled!) submissions to:   palmsizedprompts @

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