Writing Challenge: Can You Write the Opening Sentence to a Story Based on This Photo?

And now, it’s time once again for our long-running writing challenge: The Your Story contest. Think of it like The New Yorker’s caption contest with a WD twist.

In every issue of Writer’s Digest, we give our readers a chance to get published in the magazine by responding to a writing prompt. Here’s the latest, from our (most excellent) November/December 2013 issue:


In 25 words or fewer, write the opening sentence to a story based on this photo:

Your Story


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

The rules:

  • Your sentence (just one, only one!) must be 25 words or fewer, no exceptions.
  • The deadline is Nov. 25, 2013.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • How it all works: We’ll select the top 10 entries and post them on our forum. In early December, readers will vote for their favorites to help rank the winners.
  • This is a free writing competition. The prize is publication in WD.
  • Finally, as we say about this contest in the magazine: “You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc. It is, after all, your story.”

Good luck! And, as always, happy Friday.

Zachary Petit (@ZacharyPetit) is the senior managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine. Check out the latest issue of WD—which features an exclusive dual interview with Anne Rice and Christopher Rice, and a feature package on how to improve your craft in simple, effective ways—in print, or on your favorite tablet.


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234 thoughts on “Writing Challenge: Can You Write the Opening Sentence to a Story Based on This Photo?

  1. Karen Sullivan

    As the waiter approached, Geraldine paused to consider her embarrassment before exclaiming to her date, “I THOUGHT YOU SAID YACHT CLUB, NOT HOT TUB!”

  2. Y.X.Re

    It was only when I found myself immersed by the rising tide, standing on a rickety chair, that it occurred to me: wearing high heels was not my best idea today.


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