Free contest! Can you write an opening line to a story based on this photo? (Get published in WD)

Up for a writing challenge?

We want to see Your Story. … Or at least the first line of it.

In our Your Story contest, we give our readers a chance to get  published in Writer’s Digest magazine by responding to a prompt with either a full story, or, in this case, a single-sentence story opener.

In our July/August 2012 issue, we invite you to write the opening line to a piece based on this photo prompt:

Your Story Prompt #43

Your Story #43

Want in? Post your entry in the Comments section of this post, and it’ll automatically be entered in the competition.

The rules:

  • Your sentence (just one!) must be 25 words or fewer. Entries of 26 words will be DQ’d (even though it’s my lucky number).
  • The deadline is Aug. 10, 2012.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • How it all works: We’ll select the top 10 entries and post them here. In mid-August, 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 publication contest in the magazine: “You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc. It is, after all, your story.”

Good luck!

Zachary Petit is an award-winning journalist, the managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine, and the co-author of A Year of Writing Prompts: 366 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block.

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239 thoughts on “Free contest! Can you write an opening line to a story based on this photo? (Get published in WD)

  1. davidmduff

    There’s something reassuring speaking my thoughts aloud. “Here”ll be good.” I said. “She’d of hated it here. Well… Time to give the bitch a burial.”

    1. The_Penciled_One

      (had to fix because of a typo *embarrassed*) Fixed sentence: Theo could only think of dark and light playing out upon the ash, causing his heart to twinge of the unspoken.

  2. MelyD

    After watching his dog run away for two days, Stephen got angry that The Prairie Dog Campground had misrepresented their scenery photos on its website.

  3. Chris Harper

    He could hear the Cessna’s engine sputtering in the distance as he lit and placed the last of the kerosene lamps on the makeshift runway.

  4. Karababy50

    It appeared as though nothing but wind, rain and sun rays had touched the Playa’s ashen floor until I dared to interrupt the dawning silence.

  5. Tom Lee

    When his pet scorpion Nacho asked why they walked in circles for the past three hours, Sinjin Soto dropped his rusted lantern and fell backward into the dust.


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