Writers’ Week 2012 Writing Contest

writers week writing contestTo kick off Writers’ Week 2012 here on Suess’s Pieces, we’re starting with a friendly writing competition. Like last year’s contest, writers and bloggers will be given a choice of 50 weird writing prompts.

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to finish what I’ve started. At the same time, you’ll meet other writers and hopefully find some inspiration for your future projects. The contest is open internationally to writers at any level. (Please note: if you live outside the US, I reserve the right to substitute prizes listed here for prizes of equal value.)

Whether you’re a business writer, a blogger, a high school journalist, a poet or an aspiring novelist, you can and should participate in this writers’ community event.

Writing Contest Prizes

1st Prize:
$100 Amazon.com gift card and a free copy of Scrivener content generation software for writers.

2nd Prize:
$50 Amazon.com gift card and a free copy of Scrivener content generation software for writers.

3rd Prize:
$25 Amazon.com gift card and 50% off Scrivener content generation software for writers.

How to Enter

  • Pick one of the 50 writing prompts below. Start your entry with the words in the prompt, and then just keep going. There is no word minimum or maximum. Works can be fiction or non-fiction, haikus, essays, technical manuals—whatever!
  • Publish your response to the prompt on your blog or website. (Must be your original work.)
  • Include the “official entry” button somewhere in your post by copying and pasting the code below. (Entries without the button do not qualify for prizes.)
  • Link your post using the form below. One official entry per person. (If you don’t link up your entry, the judges will have no way of knowing you’re participating.)
  • Deadline for entries is Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.
  • The top 10 submissions will be selected by the Writers’ Week Judges and announced on October 15, 2012.
  • Online voting for the ten finalists will open on October 15 and end on Monday, October 22 at noon EDT.
  • The top 3 writers at the end of voting will win 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes respectively.

Copy and paste the following HTML code into your blog post. The official entry button must appear with a link back to this page for your entry to qualify.

writers' week writing contest

writers' week writing contest

50 Weird Writing Prompts – 2012 Edition

  1. No one can make me…
  2. The monkeys are out of control…
  3. With the windshield wipers broken…
  4. You can say that again…
  5. “Mommy? What are hog maws?”*
  6. It’s always a fight with…
  7. In hindsight, it was probably a bad idea…
  8. There are 768 pages in Webster’s New World Dictionary. Ask me how I know…
  9. Light bulbs burn out in threes…
  10. Cheryl Murphy was one of those girls…
  11. My boss has a real problem with…
  12. Jeremy Clarkson is…
  13. My boyfriend/girlfriend dumped me when…
  14. The Mars rover was actually my idea…
  15. For a full year, Cooper Hillard….
  16. Inside the notebook were the words…
  17. There was a loud bang, and then…
  18. One, two, three, four…
  19. You just can’t trust a…
  20. It was his last…
  21. There’s a stigma associated with…
  22. I knew I shouldn’t have posted that Facebook status…
  23. It all came down to the last vote…
  24. His dad grabbed him by the shoulders and said…
  25. Reading music is like…
  26. I used to be pretty until…
  27. And that’s when I knew the phone call was coming from someone inside the house…
  28. Jerry could tell you anything about a person just by looking at his…
  29. Please remain calm while…
  30. When I woke up…
  31. The alarm must not be working…
  32. A good story begins with…
  33. It’s a common misconception that…
  34. I’m not…
  35. Thursdays are for…
  36. The second time the sitter was late…
  37. Just let go…
  38. There are only three minutes left until…
  39. The officer tapped on the window…
  40. Jack was pretty sure he had the only dog in the world that couldn’t…
  41. Help! I’m trapped inside…
  42. Throughout history many women have…
  43. Next order of business: saving…
  44. It’s not my fault I grew up watching…
  45. It’s way past your bedtime…
  46. The girl waited…
  47. A person can only…
  48. “Just take me home.”
  49. The streetlights…
  50. With the table set…

Read the Entries

The Food of Love
The Middle of the Sidewalk
You’re Stuck With Me
Just Let Go: Jump Off a Cliff
Blogging Frequency: A guide for blogging introverts
A Good Story
Three Minutes
The Voicebox
After the Fire
Our House is a Very Fine House
Reverse Dietology
The Last Day of Summer
Experimental
The Gnome Conundrum
Sally
The Forgetting
an Excerpt from Finding Agnes
Stupid Mommy
The Unobliging Princess
No One Can Make Me…
Bulbous
Blaze of Violet
There’s a stigma associated with being a Freelancer…Overcome it!
Frying Pans and Fires
No One Can Make Me
Mask of Innocence
Where They Come From
Afterlife
The Farmhouse
The Lemonade Dialogues

*Writing prompt inspired by Jeff Stanger

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