The Optimism on Steroids contest

Welcome to the Optimism on Steroids contest. Please write a gooey, saccharine, cringy inspirational paragraph (that will make Hallmark cards sound like poetry) on your blog or in the comments section. Address it to Gilbert who is our depressed Literati Mafia Mascot. Feel free to make sure it’s full of fluff. Add your sugary metaphors,…

Winner of The Worst Opening Line Contest

Good morning/evening/afternoon/midafternoon/midnight/and midnightsnack, everyone! If that wasn’t one of the worst opening lines of a blog, I don’t know what else is! Oh. Right. You’re all here to hear who wins, officially, for the opening line contest. Well, that’s easy! It is: “This is the opening line of my novel, the one that you are now reading,…

The worst opening line contest

Welcome everyone to the worst opening line contest. Think of a horrible opening line to a novel, short story or essay. It can be redundant, riddled with childish rhymes, vague or flat-out boring. Feel free to use the comments section or your blog (if you’re that inclined to promote our collective!) We will announce the…

Call for Submissions

Hello! So we’re looking to spice things up on Mafia a bit. How can you help? Well, I’m glad you asked our lovely reader. We’ve recently opened up slots for you to be part of our collective. You can do this either by applying to become a general contributor or, if you prefer, post once…

Music Mondays

Music Mondays features a new song each week. Listen to the music, with or without watching the video, draw inspiration from the featured image, and write a letter, poem, short story, or essay with your thoughts. Post your original work to your personal blog. Be sure to credit The Literati Mafia for the prompt. All…

Poetry Prompt Sundays

This week, instead of guide words, we are posting a featured image which should provide inspiration for a limerick. A limerick is a type of humorous verse of five lines with an AABBA rhyme scheme.  Post the poem to your personal blog.  Be sure to credit The Literati Mafia for the prompt. All prompt responses should be original and previously unpublished….

Resistant Phoenix

This week’s prompt by The Literati Mafia guide words: plane, crane, harp I wish I heard the harps playing, as promised to me once, feel the light of heaven’s grace fill my soul, empty the pain I wish I knew of greater heights, cycles contained, still they haunt indemnities for debts unpaid, life’s weight to…