To anyone not currently wandering the halls of Book Expo America in New York, loaded down with so many books you wish you’d brought a wheelbarrow (my favorite part of the event): How about a writing challenge?
Basically, in every issue of Writer’s Digest we give our readers a chance to get published in the magazine by responding to a writing prompt. Here’s the latest, from our May/June 2013 issue:
In 25 words or fewer, write the opening sentence to a story based on this photo:
Want in? Post your entry in the Comments section below, and it’ll automatically be entered in the competition.
- Your sentence (just one, only one!) must be 25 words or fewer, no exceptions.
- The deadline is June 3, 2013.
- One entry per person, please.
- How it all works: We’ll select the top 10 entries and post them on our forum. In mid-June, readers will vote for their favorites to help rank the winners.
- This is a free writing competition. The prize is publication in WD.
- You can also submit your sentence via the form here.
- Finally, as we say about this contest in the magazine: “You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc. It is, after all, your story.”
Good luck! And, of course, happy Friday.
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