Your Story Competition

Every other month, Writer’s Digest presents a creative challenge for fun and prizes. We’ll provide a short, open-ended prompt. In turn, you’ll submit a short story based on that prompt. The winner will receive publication in an upcoming issue of Writer’s Digest.

The Rules:

  • Judging criteria are inventiveness, creativity and—where appropriate—humor.
  • One entry per person.
  • WD retains first-time rights to run the winner (and finalists) in the magazine and/or on our website, after which all rights return to the author.
  • The decisions of its editors are final.
  • Winners will be published in a future issue of Writer’s Digest and on the Your Story winners page at WritersDigest.com.
  • Read the official rules | Your Story Frequently Asked Questions


Your Story #72: Submit Now!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Use the submission form below OR email your submission directly to yourstorycontest@fwcommunity.com. IMPORTANT: If you experience trouble with...

Your Story #71: Vote Now!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Vote now to help choose our winner for Your Story 71! Read the finalists below, then vote for the...

Your Story 70: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 700 words or fewer, that begins with the following sentence: The difference is, I lie for a reason. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #70 (either by entering, reading or voting). Out of more than 550 entries,...

Your Story 69: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 69! Here are the results. The winners, in...

Your Story 68: Winner!

Prompt: Write a short story, of 750 words or fewer, based on the picture prompt on the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #68 (either by entering, reading or voting)....

Your Story 67—Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left.   Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 67! Here are the results. The winners, in ranking order, are as follows: 1. Thin, punctured cotton: Useless against...

Your Story 66: A Mother’s Confession

Prompt: Write a short story of 750 words or fewer based on the following prompt: Mommy, I don’t like this. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #66 (either by entering, reading or voting). Out of nearly 300 entries, readers helped us pick “A Mother’s...

Your Story 65: Winner!

Prompt: Love gets him into more trouble than hate ever could. Once again, you’ve made the Your Story competition a success! Thanks to everyone who participated in competition #65 (either by entering, reading or voting). Out of more than 300 entries, readers helped us pick “Cold Turkey” by Cindy Lam as the winner. For...

Your Story 64: Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo to the left. Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story #64! Here are the results. The winners, in ranking order, are as follows:       1. As the winter wind whipped against the worn cedar plank shingles of...

Your Story 54: The Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo to the left. Thanks to everyone who entered and voted in Your Story 54! Here are the results. The winners in ranking order are as follows: 1. The water receded and the bride was gone, but so were...