Author Archives: Baihley Gentry

Your Story #90: Submit Now!

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

Your Story #89: Vote Now!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 650 words or fewer, based on the photo prompt above. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Vote now to help choose our winner for Your Story 89! Read the finalists below, then vote for the one you like best...

Your Story #87: Vote Now!

  Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, based on the photo prompt shown here. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Vote now to help choose our winner for Your Story 87! Read the finalists below, then vote for the one you...

Correction: Your Story #82

We made a deeply regrettable error in our November/December Your Story column, where we incorrectly attributed one of the winners in Contest #82 as Marlene Seielstad when it should have been Lindsay Neadow. The winning entry is as follows: While he thought he was snapping his money shot, Frank didn’t realize...

Your Story #86: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo in this post. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Your Story #85: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, based on the photo at left (or below for mobile users).You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #85 (either...

Your Story #84: Winners!

Prompt: Write theopening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on this photo. (For mobile users, it will appear below.) You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 84!...

Your Story #83: Winner!

Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, based on this prompt: A man is surprised to find himself feeling both pleased and liberated by the news that he will soon die. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #83...

Your Story #82: Winners!

Write the opening sentence (one sentence only, 25 words or fewer) to a story based on the  photo on the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 82! Here are the results. The top 10...

A Writer’s Guide to British vs. American English

Upon my recent discovery that, in England, “English muffins” are merely dubbed “muffins” (I know), my curiosity was piqued: What are some ways vocabulary may differ across the pond? This infographic comparing everyday differences in British and American English is a gem (or as the Britons call it…a gem. But I...

Your Story #81: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer based on the prompt at left. (For mobile users, it will appear below.) You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated...

Take 3: Bonus Q&A’s From Fiction Editors

Fifteen fiction editors at top publications answer our trio of questions to get to the heart of what they’re really looking for in short story submissions—and how yours can stand out. Here are bonus responses we didn’t have space to print in the magazine.

Your Story #80: Winners!

Prompt: Write a line (just one sentence only, of 25 words or fewer) that best describes what’s happening in the prompt at left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 80! The top 10 winners...

#ThrowbackThursday: Kurt Vonnegut in WD in 1985

At Writer’s Digest, we’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to speak with some of the world’s bestselling and most beloved authors. Back in 1985, one of those authors was Kurt Vonnegut. Over his 50-plus-year career, he published 14 novels—among the most notable, Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat’s Cradle and Breakfast of Champions—along with five...