First set of writing prompts

We are now halfway through the callout for the next issue of the magazine (if you have submitted work and haven’t received a response yet, don’t worry!) and I promised earlier in the summer that I would write some astronomy-themed poetry prompts. These can of course be used for all other kinds of creative projects. I’ve been a bit behind because of a large number of other things on the go, including building the website for the magazine’s new home.

That being said, here are a few simple questions to get us started. Remember, you don’t need to base your submissions on any of these. They are just intended as a starting point for writing and thinking about the interaction between astronomy and poetry.

  • What role does astronomy play in your life? What about in your imagination?
  • Do you have a favourite star? What about a constellation?
    • If so, why? What stories or memories do these evoke?
    • If not, would you like one? Take some time to search for the mythology of constellations, and how cultures have seen them across human history. Pick a story: how does it make you feel?
  • Go outside (if it’s safe to) on any clear night. Even in urban areas it is often possible to see some stars. Try creating your own constellations. What story do you want to tell? What would you want other people to know as they look up at the same sky?
  • Take a look through the gallery of photographs captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. Are there any that stand out for you? Is there anything that you see, which you’d like to understand more about?

That’s it for now. Remember you still have a month to submit art and poetry to Issue 3 of Until the Stars Burn Out!


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