Focus and Scope

Prompt is a biannual, refereed online journal that publishes academic writing prompts (i.e assignments). We publish prompts directed at both undergraduate and graduate students from all academic disciplines. Our mission is to disseminate a mode of intellectual work that is too rarely circulated in public venues, and we hope to contribute to the scholarly study of writing assignments in the field of writing studies. We also believe that by publishing excellent and innovative writing assignments, we can create both a resource and a site of engagement for faculty who incorporate writing in their teaching. We think such engagement can help to bridge the gap between theory and practice in writing studies. Prompt also hopes to be valuable resource for Writing Program Administrators (WPAs), especially those engaged in Writing Across the Curriculum or Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) work and curricular design work. WPAs in these positions will benefit from access to excellent, diverse assignments from across the curriculum.

All assignments published by Prompt are accompanied by a reflective essay by their authors, which provides context and insight into the assignment. Please review the journal itself and our "Submissions" page for further information about what we publish.

Prompt is listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), and we are members of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

Peer Review Process

All submissions deemed appropriate for possible publication by the editors are peer reviewed by at least two outside reviewers with appropriate expertise. Reviewers receive manuscripts with author-identifying information removed or redacted. Reviewers are invited, but not required, to disclose their identities to authors.

We strive to move the review process forward in a timely way, seeking to select reviewers as quickly as possible and holding reviewers to reasonable deadlines. After the editors receive reviewers' report, a decision is shared with the author within 2 weeks. When reviewers fail to complete a review in a reasonable amount of time, new reviewers are selected.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. Authors retain copyright of their published work and may republish without restrictions. Reuse of work published in Prompt must include clear attribution to the original text and be for non-commercial purposes, as specified by Creative Commons BY-NC.

Prompt is a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA).

Prompt is a member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). 

Sources of Support

Our journal receives in-kind support for archiving from the Caltech Library. We are a scholar-run journal and receive no direct external funding for operations.

Journal History

Prompt was started in 2016 by founding Co-Editors Jonathan Dueck and Susanne E. Hall. Dr. Dueck served as co-editor from 2016-2018. Dr. Hall continues to serve as editor.