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Announcing: The Great WD Writing Prompt Contest

Hi Writers,
One of the most fun, creative and productive writing exercises I know of is coming up with writing prompts, so I thought I'd hold a little contest here on "The Writer's Perspective" and on our forum, to come up with the best writing prompt.

So if you've come up with a good writing prompt, let's hear it. You can post it here in the comments section, or on our forum.

The only rules are keep the prompts PG-13 and fewer than 100 words.

This contest is open until end-of-day Wednesday (September 24). I'll chose my five favorite prompts and put them up on our forum for a popular vote. The winner will be announced Monday (September 29). [please note: the voting is being postponed until October 13. Brian A. Klems, our online managing editor will be choosing his favorite five prompts and posting them on our forum so please check our forum October 13.]

The winner will receive this very cool 2009 Writer's Digest Weekly Planner and be featured in an upcoming issue of Writer's Digest magazine!

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Let the prompts begin!

Keep Writing,


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