Ends on October 31, 2019

$15.00 USD

The Monthly Musepaper — October 2019

PROMPT: The Couch
DEADLINE: October, 31 2019

Tell us about the naps, the romps, the collapses for a good cry or from sheer exhaustion.

Was it hoisted on shoulders to a 5th-floor walk-up, or carried down to a musty, smoke-filled basement?
Pillow fights and kool-aid stains, or stuffy parlor Sundays?

Where did it come from? Where did it go?

It was new once, the first investment in a bright future.
But its colors change, a button goes missing, a hole appears, and who’d want this old thing anyway?

Ahhhh, if this couch could talk… Pull up a cushion and tell us all about it.

For this Monthly Musepaper, send us your (1,000 words or less) story, poems, or essay about a couch!

The top three entries will be published at Musepaper.org and in a special print anthology.

Winners will also receive the ever-changing Enigma Gift. (That's right, we're not telling! We promise it will be thoughtful. It may also be fun, funky, profound...or maybe all three.)


  • No restrictions on style.
  • Stories or essays should be 1000 words or less.
  • Poetry entries may include one or two poems, and should not exceed 1000 words in total.
  • Entrant retains copyright ownership of work.
  • All entries must be previously unpublished.
  • Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.
  • Anonymous Judging: Submission file should contain only the title and text of the story, essay, poem. Cover letters are optional and may be added separately.
  • Winners will be announced within 60 days of the closing date.
  • The reading fee is $15.* * *
  • Submissions must be received by October 31, 2019. This deadline will not be extended. 


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