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.
  • 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 WritersDigest.com.
  • Read the official rules | Your Story Frequently Asked Questions


Your Story 38 – Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence to a story (25 words or fewer) based on the photo prompt to the left.Official Rules Thanks to everyone for your votes. Here are the results of Your Story #38. The winners in ranking order are as follows: 1. The aging motel lay off the beaten...

Your Story 37 Winner: Anonymous

Prompt: After being pulled over for speeding, your character finds something important while looking for her registration in the glove compartment. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success. Thanks to everyone who participated in the competition (either by entering, reading or voting). Out of more than 600 entries,...

Your Story 22 Winner: He Plays Expert

Out of more than 400 entries, we chose this entry, submitted by Cresta McGowan, as the winner of our Your Story #22 contest. Judging for the Your Story #23 competition will take place in late January.