Skip to main content

Short Story Challenge: Where did the footprints come from? (Win publication in WD)

 Photo by Richard Dorrell [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo by Richard Dorrell [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

If you’re like me and you have far more New Year’s resolutions concerning writing and publishing than you do dieting, exercising or socializing, here’s something you may be interested in—a writing prompt, and a chance to have your fiction published in Writer’s Digest magazine.

In every issue of WD we give readers a chance to get published via the Your Story contest. Here’s the latest contest prompt from our January 2013 issue (which also features a stirring interview with the funny and wise novelist Lee Child):

A man who lives alone sees a set of footprints leading away from his house the morning after a heavy snowfall.

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

The fine print:

  • Your story must be 750 words or fewer, no exceptions.
  • The deadline is Jan. 14, 2013. [Update: If you submit in the Comments section below, you have until 11:59 p.m., Jan. 16.]
  • One entry per person, please.
  • How it all works: We’ll select the top five entries and post them on our forum. In late January, readers will vote for their favorite to help determine the winner.
  • This is a free writing competition. The prize is publication in WD.
  • You can also submit your story via the online form here.
  • 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! Here’s to a new year of writing.

—Zachary Petit is an award-winning journalist, and the senior managing editor of Writer’s Digest magazine. Like what you read from WD online? Check us out in print, or on your favorite mobile device

Want to Write Great Fiction? Consider:

If you're looking to master everything from dialogue to different
styles of grammar, you'll get the best tools available for writing
fiction in this Write Great Fiction Collection of 12 great writing resources.
Click here to buy it now

12576_wd_writegreatfiction_product
Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Submitting Your Work

Writing Mistakes Writers Make: Not Submitting Your Work

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake is not submitting your work.

Making Your Fiction a Place You Want To Be

Making Your Fiction a Place You Want To Be

Author Janet Key shares the feeling of not wanting to revisit the world she was creating and the tools she used to help make her fiction a place she wanted to be.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Backstory Change

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Backstory Change

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character's backstory change.

Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: Portrait of a Thief

Writer’s Digest Official Book Club Selection: Portrait of a Thief

The editors of Writer’s Digest are proud to bring you the first book club pick, Portrait of a Thief, to read along with us.

6 Ways To Fight Your Inner Critics

6 Ways To Fight Your Inner Critics

For many writers, self-critique gets in the way of making much progress. Here, author Julia Crouch shares 6 ways to fight your inner critics.

Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide

Writing Allegory: A Convenient Place to Hide

Where realistic fiction felt both too restrictive and too revealing for author Susan Speranza’s transition from poetry to fiction, she turned to allegory. Here, she shares examples of famous allegories throughout history and how allegorical writing helped shape her novel, Ice Out.

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

Instagram: An Underutilized Tool for the Freelance Writer

In this post, author C. Hope Clark shares tips on how freelance writers can use Instagram as a tool to find more freelance writing connections, assignments, and overall success.

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

Jane Porter: On the Joy of Writing Mature Characters

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Jane Porter discusses celebrating the nature of getting older in her new romance novel, Flirting With Fifty.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 610

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a "different way of seeing the world" poem.