Monday, March 14, 2011

Writing Prompt: When he heard the voice...

This round's writing prompt is:

When he heard the voice on the other end of the line, he knew he shouldn't have answered the phone.

Think of this as the opening line of a novel. Your job is to write the next 100 words as if they're the opening paragraph. It's not a short story, it's the next 100 words. And the prompt sentence never counts toward your word count.

After you've written your 100 words, please e-mail them to me either by clicking here or e-mailing me directly at: Stephanie(at) (No attachments, please!) Make sure to include your full name and e-mail address. Send me your prompt by Monday, March 21st at 11:59 pm Kansas City time.

And I always send confirmations when I receive your entry.If you don't receive one within 24 hours or so, please check back with me.

This contest is for those ages 25 and under. One entry per person, please. For a longer explanation, prize information, and a list of answered questions, click here.

This round's judges are:

Julie Garmon is a Southern author who’s not afraid to write real-life dirt, always with a nugget of redemption tucked in the corner. She’s been a regular contributor to Daily Guideposts since 2003, and writes on assignment for Guideposts magazine. She’s published with Sweet 16, PLUS, Angels on Earth, Homelife, Today’s Christian, Today’s Christian Woman,,, and Julie won a coveted spot to the Guideposts’ writers contest in 2004, and was chosen to attend subsequent Guideposts’ workshops based on winning entries. She blogs weekly along with her mother for Guideposts at Woman-to-Woman here and for Girls, God, Goodlife here

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.

Deborah Anderson

Deborah Anderson is a freelance writer and aspiring novelist. She has written for Focus on the Family, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and published in numerous other publications. Deborah is also a monthly columnist for Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Married 29 years, Deborah and her husband enjoy country living in the Midwest. She also spends her time rescuing cats, reading novels, and taking nature walks. She is working on her first novel.


  1. Oooh!This is a really good one!I can't wait to get started!Sierra

  2. Hey Stephanie! Just wondering- who were the winners from last weeks prompt?

  3. I was wondering the same thing :). Anyway, this should be fun! Thanks, Mrs. Morrill.

  4. Thanks, girls! Can't wait to see what you come up with.

    We're still waiting on results. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be able to e-mail the winners. :)

  5. Wow... this one is going to be GOOD. I can feel it in my gut!

    I can't wait to get started on this either =D