Writing Contest: First Sentence Prompt

We wanted to do something fun and get those creative juices flowing since nice summer weather can be such a distraction to writing!

Introducing: a prompt contest

How does it work? Below you’ll find a first sentence. We want you to develop that sentence into a scene, a story, or maybe even a book. Minimum is 2,000 words.

What is the deadline? You will have until September 1st (2014) to submit your entry to carolyn@devlovepress.com (subject line: contest entry)

What will you win? A $25 giftcard to Amazon.com! (Your choice whether a digital code or a physical giftcard)

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There’s no entry fee, we just want to see what you come up with.

UPDATE: I originally thought we’d do a random draw for the winner from the entries, but the feedback I’m getting is that that method isn’t very inspiring. So Carolyn will judge the entries and declare a winner sometime after September 1st and before September 15th. We will randomize the entries to ensure a lack of bias.

(In the future we’d like to run a more formal contest with a publishing contract as the prize, so stay tuned for news on that!)

If you agree, we’d like to post selections from the entries here at the blog (with attribution to you, of course!) All entries must use this sentence as the first sentence of the piece (though you can replace “she” with a character name if you would like):

  She turned the corner of the ramp and eyed the doorway in front of her, unsure that her wheelchair was going to fit through.

Your entry only needs to be 2,000 words, but if you continue to develop the story after the contest we’d love to see the finished result. Follow our submission guidelines here: http://www.devlovepress.com/submission-guidelines/

6 comments on “Writing Contest: First Sentence Prompt

  1. Everything’s clear, but why chose the winner at random? Why not on the quality of writing?

  2. […] One week left and admittedly I’m not near 2000 words… Time to get to work! https://devlovepress.com/2014/07/23/writing-contest-first-sentence-prompt/ […]

  3. Darn, I’m too late for this one but would ove another opportunity. Anything coming up? Thanks!

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