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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!

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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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