Monday, June 20, 2011

Writing Prompt: No one wanted to be here.

Writing prompts return today - yay!

This round's prompt is, No one wanted to be here.

Here's a reminder about how writing prompts work, since it feels like forever since we last did one:

Your job is to write the next 100 words as if this was the opening of a novel. This means your total entry will be 106 words or less (prompt sentence+your words).

Your 100 words are due by 11:59pm Kansas City time (also known as central time) on June 27th. You can email them to me at Stephanie(at)GoTeenWriters(dot)com, or by clicking here.

One entry per person per round. This contest is for writers ages 25 and under.

And now a nice list of clicking options:

Click here for sample prompts
Click here for more details and a list of FAQs
Click here for a blog post about writing good entries
Click here to see the list of past winners
Click here to see a list of very nice people who are dedicating their time to help young writers grow.
And click here to see a picture of my kids that's just way too cute not to share.

A quick word about how judging works. One judge will select the top 20 entries. From those 20, the other judges will select their three favorites. This round is being judged by the lovely and talented trio below:

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.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blog. For more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.

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.


  1. Awww!They are so cute!!!!!!!!!!Can't wait to get started!I've got my thinking cap on and a determined spirit.Everyone watch out :) Sierra

  2. Your kids are so cute!!! I have already started writing.


  3. Can't wait to start writing!

    Oh, and I had a question. What are your thoughts toward self-publishing?

  4. Two questions;

    Do periods, commas, etc count as words? My word counter counts them, but I wasn't sure if they count in this contest.

    And then, does our story have to start with 'No one wanted to be here.' or can it be anywhere in the story?

    Thanks, I love these writing prompts!

  5. Book blogger, I'll find a time to do a post on that.

    Tabitha. They don't count as words. I go by whatever Microsoft Word tells me the word count is. And it has to be the first sentence of the story. Though some week in the future, we might mix it up.

  6. Do we have to use a period at the end of the prompt? For example, can I begin with something like "No one wanted to be here, except my dad." or "No one wanted to be here until..."?

  7. Good question, Jordan. Period is optional.

  8. Great question, Jordan. I didn't know that!