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Writing Prompt: Turn Your E-Mail Into a Story for a Shot at Winning Books

The towers of swag books are teetering on my desk and WD co-workers are starting to throw nervous glances in my direction, so to prevent Death by Book and thank Promptly posters, it's high time for a book giveaway.

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Post a story (500 words or fewer) in response to today's prompt any time between now and next Wednesday, and we'll randomly draw a name to receive a slew of books, from writing how-tos to novels and general nonfiction.

If you're having trouble with the captcha code sticking and can't get your story to post, e-mail it to wdsubmissions@fwmedia.com with "Promptly" in the subject line, and I'll make sure it gets up.

Now, back to editing, while preparing to sound the alarm should the structural integrity of the great book tower fail ...

WRITING PROMPT:Subjective
Open your e-mail and randomly choose the subject line of a message. Make that the first line of your story. Then, choose another subject line, and make that the last line of your story.

(Image: Germany's "Walk of Ideas" by Lienhard Schulz [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0CC-BY-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons.)

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