Monday, May 9, 2011

Writing Prompt: Garage Sale

This week's writing prompt is:

When I saw what they'd brought home from the garage sale,

I debated making this one a full sentence for a long time (I couldn't believe my eyes, I knew we were in trouble, etc.) but opted to leave it open ended. Same deal - treat the prompt like it's the opening of a novel, and send me the next 100 words by Monday, May 16th 2011 11:59pm Kansas City time. Also known as central time. If you're looking for some tips on what the judges are looking for, here's a blog post about creating a dynamic prompt. And here's a link to samples of previous winners. And here's a link to details about prompt contests. Click away, my friends.

I'm really hoping by the next contest we'll be up to 150 followers and can do our 150-word free write, so if you haven't clicked that "follow" button, feel free to show some love.

As always, you must be 25 or under to participate, and just one entry per person por favor.

These are the judges for this round:

Roseanna White

Roseanna M. White, author of two Biblical love stories and LOVE FINDS YOU IN ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND (December 2011) makes her home in the mountains of Western Maryland with her husband, two small children, and the colony of dust bunnies living under her couch. After graduating from St. John's College in Annapolis, MD, she and her husband founded the Christian Review of Books, where she is the editor. She is a member of ACFW, HisWriters, Biblical Fiction Writers, and HEWN Marketing.

Diana Sharples is the former editor of an online speculative fiction magazine,Electric Wine, (no longer in publication) and currently moderates a critique group for Christian YA authors. She was a double-finalist in the 2009 ACFW Genesis competition, and won the 2010 MORWA Gateway award for her Contemporary YA novel, Running Lean. Diana lives in Georgia with her husband and daughter and a house full of rescued pets, and can often be found riding her motorcycle around the north Georgia mountains.

Susan Hollaway
Susan Hollaway lives in Kansas with her husband, teenage daughter, and two dogs. She's a Christian, wife, homeschooling mom, and writer. She writes contemporary romances, and recently had a short story published with Woman's World magazine. Her favorite impromptu get-away or mini-vacation is to escape into a book -- living vicariously through the lives of the characters she either reads or writes about. She rarely meets a carbohydrate that she doesn't like.


  1. This will be really fun! Great job, as always, Mrs. Morrill. Thanks! I can't wait to see the winners from last round.

  2. This should be challenging.Um, I believe that in the Writing Prompt Contest Standings my name was under 8. Now it is under 10. I know I got Honorable Mention a couple weeks ago.Is that why it is there?Sierra(Bennett)

  3. Thanks, Sarah :)

    Sierra, the names move around because the points accumulate, so writers move up. There's no points for HMs, just placing.

  4. I really like the contest as it is, but the 150 free write should be interesting!

  5. Thanks, Faye. Just 10 more :) I'm looking forward to it just because I think it'll be fun to see what everyone is working on.

  6. What if we are not working on a Novel? Yet.

    Alyson :)

  7. Alyson, no biggie. The idea behind the free write was to give everyone an opportunity to get feedback on the opening of their novel. But if it's not actually from a novel, no one's going to know any different :)

  8. My eight year old little sister wants to enter. She can right, since she is under 25? Also, I am so excited about this! I love writing contests and prompts! I am a follower now!

  9. Tabitha, absolutely! She's very welcome to enter. And thanks for the follow :)

  10. Ok, thanks! She is VERY excited! :)