Editor-in-chief Beth Thorpe is accepting submissions to Press 1.
Write about a fictional time and place that you would like to inhabit.
We thought you might use this prompt over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. The prompt is based on an idea suggested by Don Riggs.
Take some field-notes on your holiday experiences. Describe in detail your Thanksgiving day rituals. Write from the perspective of a specific type of scholar. For instance, you might use the voice of an anthropologist. As preparation, read one or both of the following:
“‘We Gather Together’: Consumption Rituals of Thanksgiving Day” by Melanie Wallendorf and Eric J. Arnould, from The Journal of Consumer Research, Vol. 18, No. 1 (June 1991).
For a view from 1952, “Thanksgiving Is Worldwide” by Horace Loftin, from The Science News-Letter, Vol. 62, No. 21 (Nov. 22, 1952).
You can find the Loftin here: http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3931471?uid=3739808&uid=2134&uid=2&uid=70&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21102905793321
As an alternative style, write a flash fiction piece based on your field-notes.
Naturally, you might substitute other occasions or holidays for Thanksgiving.