In Writer’s Digest magazine, we have only one spot for fiction—the Your Story contest. Readers write pieces in response to an open prompt in every issue, and after magazine staffers narrow down the entries, the members of our online communities vote on their favorites. Ultimately, one winner takes our lone fiction spot. (The most I can offer in the form of an insider glimpse is that the last half dozen contests have witnessed a plethora of leprechauns. We’re not sure whether this is good or bad, but are prone to interrupting hushed reading periods with cries of “Leprechaun!” whenever one surfaces.)
Mythical creatures aside, to enter, shoot your story off to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post your response (750 words or fewer) in the comments section of Promptly. (There’s only one entry allowed per person, and you have until the Feb. 10 deadline.)
WRITING PROMPT: Your Story No. 24 (as featured in the February 2010 issue of WD)
Parents look on in horror as a magician’s trick goes horribly awry during a child’s birthday party.
—From the Writer’s Book of Matches (click here to check out a digital version) by the staff of fresh boiled peanuts: a literary journal