How We Work:

Prompt is an online and book arts journal for writing inspired by visual art and visual art inspired by writing. Every six months we showcase an exciting new or established artist, online, and invite others to use their work as a prompt, trigger or source of inspiration.

For our seventh round we're featuring a body of work by Lauren Frances Evans. We're now accepting visual responses to any or all of Lauren's images. You may respond to a single detail within a single image, or to the group as a whole. We're not a traditionally ekphrastic journal. That is, we don't want work that attempts to faithfully re-present the prompt. We're more interested in the prompt's effect on you: how do you process  the prompt? how does your particular vision refract through, or bounce off this new lens? We invite you to visit our site, enjoy the work, and, if you feel inspired, to submit a response.  We hope that the images will offer a new opening into your ongoing adventures with words. Our editors will select several responses to be published on our site. At the end of this round responses will be included, along with Lauren's prompts, in a limited edition, collectable art book. 

Mission Statement:

PromptPress provides inspiration for and invites collaboration between writers and visual artists. We believe cross media collaboration is vital to the creation of boundary pushing work. Prompt provides a space for artists to connect, study each other’s work, and publish within the national scene. In our exploration of how word becomes image, becomes word we invite book artists, for whom words are images, to design special editions of our bi-annual print journal.

Prompt for Teens and Teachers:
On the local scene, here in Iowa City, Prompt supports teen artists and writers through workshops and publishing opportunities. Prompt now has a call and response venue just for teens. Currently we're publishing responses to the work of local teen artist Kate Goodvin. Our next prompt will be a fantastic piece of teen writing. Visual artists, get ready! Every summer we partner with the Iowa Youth Writers Project to offer a week long Image + Word summer camp. Learn more on our Teen Prompt page.  

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As a member of the James Gang, Prompt Press is a tax-exempt 501 (c)3 organization.

Respond to a Prompt:

Submit a response to any one or more of our featured artist's pieces. Selected entries will be published. See our Submissions Guidelines page for details.

Recent Responses:

Sam Collier, "It's Not the Darkness, but the Looking Back"

On the second day, we sewed our eyes shut with…

Jeff Pearson, "Red is Strong, Blue is True"

A portrait like love; like silhouettes of a crush…

David Duer, "Grey Men"

They have such small arms those men in their…


Founding Editor and Procurer of Prose - Jennifer Colville
Jennifer holds a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing from the University of Utah and an M.F.A from Syracuse University. Her collection of short stories, "Elegies for Uncanny Girls" is forthcoming with Indiana University Press's Break Away Books. She lectures on and leads workshops about the creative intersection between visual art and writing.

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Poetry Editor - Susan Goslee
Susan Goslee received her MFA from the University of Alabama and her PhD from the University of Utah. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in such journals as Prairie Schooner, Indiana Review, Salamander, and The Cimarron Review. She is an assistant professor at Idaho State University.

Intern - Elaine Brunson

Elaine Brunson is currently working towards her BA in English at Cornell College, with a focus on the Creative Writing program. She has published in the college’s literary magazine, Open Field, and written for the Cornellian newspaper. Besides some sprinkled journalism, her work consists of mostly short fiction stories; after graduation, she would love to share these stories through publication as well as pursue a career in publishing the works of other emerging, experimental authors.