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Monday, June 1, 2020

Reedsy Prompts - Just the Beginning

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Deadline: June 5, 2020 11:59 PM
Two weeks ago, our theme was story endings. This week, we're circling back to the starting line and focusing on story beginnings.

From Zora Neale Hurston's "Ships at a distance have every man's wish on board." To Jane Austen's "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife." And George Orwell's "It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen." Memorable lines stick with us because they're what propel us into the world of the story in the first place.

Write a story that starts with two characters saying goodbye.
Write a story that starts with a life-changing event.
Write a story that starts with someone returning from a trip.
Write a story that starts with a character revealing something unusual about themselves.
Write a story that starts by establishing its setting in a different time period — without explicitly stating what that period is.

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines.


The 'End of Story' edition of our contest received a record-smashing 1,066 submissions! Thank you to all who submitted! You can read all of the entries here.
Submission Guidelines:
Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on June 5th.


p.s. – Are you interested in coming behind the scenes of the Reedsy Prompts contest as a judge? Head here for more information!

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