Free contest! Can you write an opening line to a story based on this photo? (Get published in WD)

Up for a writing challenge?

We want to see Your Story. … Or at least the first line of it.

In our Your Story contest, we give our readers a chance to get  published in Writer’s Digest magazine by responding to a prompt with either a full story, or, in this case, a single-sentence story opener.

In our July/August 2012 issue, we invite you to write the opening line to a piece based on this photo prompt:

Your Story Prompt #43

Your Story #43

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

The rules:

  • Your sentence (just one!) must be 25 words or fewer. Entries of 26 words will be DQ’d (even though it’s my lucky number).
  • The deadline is Aug. 10, 2012.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • How it all works: We’ll select the top 10 entries and post them here. In mid-August, readers will vote for their favorites to help rank the winners.
  • This is a free writing competition. The prize is publication in WD.
  • You can also submit your sentence via the form here.
  • Finally, as we say about this publication contest in the magazine: “You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc. It is, after all, your story.”

Good luck!

Zachary Petit is an award-winning journalist, the managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine, and the co-author of A Year of Writing Prompts: 366 Story Ideas for Honing Your Craft and Eliminating Writer’s Block.

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239 thoughts on “Free contest! Can you write an opening line to a story based on this photo? (Get published in WD)

  1. juliestuartsmith

    Dawn arrives once again to dim my light I hope last night they saw the light hope is all I have until tonight unless they did see the my light.

  2. HMann

    Emerging from the eternal darkness of the Hollows alive and with Lantern, I faced a rising desert sun and three days walk through treacherous Barrens.

  3. rosemaryelaine

    The silence of the purple, petrified ocean was getting on his nerves; this cowboy needed home, a horse and some kerosene for his lantern, pronto.

  4. chrisjamesdavey

    ‘Where has he left us now?’ The first asked.
    ‘It matters not.’ The second replied, pressing his nose against the convex glass, ‘we’ll find him again.’


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