Last call! Write the best story opening based on this prompt for a chance to be featured in Writer's Digest

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We’re going to be closing up shop on the Your Story special prompt contest Friday—if you haven’t submitted a story opening yet, we’d still love to check yours out. Soon our editors will be choosing 10 of the best openings to print in a special issue of Writer’s Digest magazine.

Check out the original post here for more details (word limit, how to enter, and so on). Also, visit the Comments section of that post to see all the diverse ways other writers have tackled the opening.

Good luck! A regular Wednesday prompt—based on something WD online community editor Brian A. Klems and I witnessed yesterday—follows below.

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A man turns to his left and punches the driver in the face, and the two begin fist fighting—in a car, on the road. Write the conversation that led to the altercation.


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