Badges, prompts ready for the speakeasy #153

Bursting at the seams!

Welcome back, fellow bootleggers, to the third week of March here at the speakeasy. Last week, we had a whopping 38 entries! Remember, we cap the entries at 40 submissions each week, so you’ll want to make yours count. Here are a few tips to help you:

  • Make sure your story or poem matches the tense used in the sentence prompt.
  • Re-read and edit your submission before you link up to the grid.
  • If you’re writing fiction, read over the tips in our Flash Fiction Guide.

Your prompts

Okay, so this week’s sentence prompt, provided by last week’s winner, Stacie, must be used as the FIRST line in your piece. And the media prompt is a painting by Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian. Mondrian is best known for his modern work, using primary colours and straight lines, which he called “neo-plasticism.” But his early work was really interesting too. This painting is called Avond (Evening): The Red Tree. You can see the hints of how his work would evolve, especially with his use of primary colours.


“Looks can be deceiving.”

Here are the rules:

  • Your post must be dated March 16, 2013, or later.
  • Submissions must be 750 words or fewer.
  • Submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  • You must include the following sentence as the FIRST line of your submission: “Looks can be deceiving.
  • You must also include a reference to the media prompt.
  • The speakeasy is for submissions written specifically for the grid. Please don’t submit an entry if you intend to showcase it to another blog link-up. Such posts are deleted without notice.
  • Please don’t post long explanations before your post. We want your writing to be the star of the show. If you need to clarify anything, feel free to do so at the end.
  • The badge for your speakeasy #153 post is found in the sidebar. Add the code to the html/text view of your post before publishing.
  • And don’t forget to come back on Tuesday and add your link to the Inlinkz grid!

Remember to think outside the box when you write your piece. Exercise those fabulous writer’s muscles! Think about how others might use the prompts, then go in a different direction.

If you have any questions about the challenge (how to use the prompts, how to add your link to the link-up, etc.) please check our FAQ page or email one of the speakeasy editors. You can find our info at the bottom of the page. We’re here to help.

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The grid opens on Tuesday. Can’t wait to see you there!

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6 Responses to “Badges, prompts ready for the speakeasy #153”

  1. ranu802 March 16, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    I love both the prompts,thank you Suzanne and Stacie.

    • Stacie March 16, 2014 at 9:55 am #


  2. Mollie March 17, 2014 at 3:26 pm #

    This was fun! Glad I *finally* got over myself long enough to produce something. :) Bonus: I now know how to integrate “neo-plasticism” into casual conversation.

    • Suzanne March 17, 2014 at 4:31 pm #

      I’m glad to hear it too! Looking forward to reading your post. And isn’t neo-plasticism a fabulous term? :)


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