New contest: Write the best story opening based on this prompt for a chance to be featured in Writer's Digest - Writer's Digest

New contest: Write the best story opening based on this prompt for a chance to be featured in Writer's Digest

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From mystery to horror to literary fiction and everything in between, we publish a single fiction story in each issue of Writer’s Digest magazine: the winner of our Your Story prompt contest.

But not this time.

For our special September Big 10 issue (more to come on that later), we’re going to be printing the 10 best story openers based on the photograph below.

The deadline is May 14, and you can enter by posting your opening (35 words or fewer) in the Comments section to this post, or by sending your piece to YourStoryContest@fwmedia.com with “Special Big 10 Prompt” in the subject line. And of course, if you're up for it, feel free to post the rest of your story in the Comments below for everyone, too.

Good luck!

Also, be sure to check back this week -- we've got a special interview on creativity (and a prompt) with bestselling author Brenda Novak lined up.

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WRITING PROMPT: Your Story Special Big 10 Prompt
If you’re having trouble with the
captcha code sticking and you would like your opening/full story to appear here, e-mail it to me at
writersdigest@fwmedia.com, with “Promptly” in the subject line, and I’ll
make sure it gets up.

In 35 words or fewer, write the opening sentence to a story based on the photograph below.

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