Your Story Competition

Every other month, Writer’s Digest presents a creative challenge for fun and prizes. We’ll provide a short, open-ended prompt. In turn, you’ll submit a short story based on that prompt. The winner will receive publication in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest.

The Rules:

  • Judging criteria are inventiveness, creativity and—where appropriate—humor.
  • One entry per person.
  • WD retains first-time rights to run the winner (and finalists) in the magazine and/or on our website, after which all rights return to the author.
  • WD editors will select the top entries and post them on our Writer’s Forum. Readers will vote on their favorite to determine the winner.
  • The decisions of its editors are final.
  • Winners will be published in a future issue of Writer’s Digest and on the Your Story winners page at
  • For past winners, visit the Your Story forum. (You must be a forum member to read entries.)

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Your Story 67

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Use the submission form below OR email your submission directly to IMPORTANT: If you experience trouble with...

Your Story 66: Vote Now!

Vote now to help choose our winner for Your Story 66! Prompt: Write a short story of 750 words or fewer based on the following prompt: Mommy, I don’t like this. Read the finalists below, then vote for the one you like best by leaving a comment with the title of your favorite or...

Your Story 65: Winners!

Prompt: Love gets him into more trouble than hate ever could. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #65 (either by entering, reading or voting). Out of more than 300 entries, readers helped us pick “Cold Turkey” by Cindy Lam as the winner. For...

Your Story 64: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo to the left. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story #64! Here are the results. The winners, in ranking order, are as follows:       1. As the winter wind whipped against the worn cedar plank shingles of...

Your Story 54: The Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo to the left. Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in Your Story 54! Here are the results. The winners in ranking order are as follows: 1. The water receded and the bride was gone, but so were...

Writing challenge! Can you write an opening sentence to a story incorporating these 3 words? (Winners will be published in WD)

Looking for a little Friday procrastination in the form of a writing challenge? Close that Excel spreadsheet you’re working on, minimize your boss’ emails or postpone your daily chores (come on, nobody would rather change a litter box than write, right?). Take five: It’s time for our Your Story contest. Basically, in every issue...