“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”

- Kahlil Gibran


Why do we connect the most to characters that “need work” - the flawed hero? What is it about the underdog that causes us to cheer nearly always in vain? How is it that some scars (be them physical, mental, and/or emotional) drive us to grand new heights while others force us to draw back and hide them from view in the shadows?

Our latest prompt comes the poet, author, and artist Kahlil Gibran. Let’s talk about suffering and weave some tales of massive characters wielding scars.

To Participate & Submit

Please follow these instructions carefully and see the FAQs at the bottom:

  1. Write a poem, fiction story, or creative non-fiction piece inspired by and based on the quote above

  2. Add your story to as a draft or published story

  3. Include “Prompt” in the subtitle and the quote at the top of the story

  4. Fill out the form below completely



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How do I format my submission?
The subtitle should include “Creative Cafe Prompt” and the quote should be included near the top of the story - as shown below. It is generally recommended that a header image be included as well.

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What do I do if I’m already a contributing writer for Creative Cafe?
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What else do I need to know to participate?
All submissions must follow Creative Cafe guidelines. We reserve the right to reject submissions that do not follow the guidelines or do not align with the editorial direction of the publication. Submissions will be reviewed and those accepted will be featured in The Creative Cafe. Stories published in other publications will not be featured; writers of such stories may still be added as contributing writers to The Creative Cafe. Only one submission per contributor will be accepted.