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Published May 30th 2020
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Are you a happy writer just looking for inspiration and an outlet? Have a look at Reedsy Weekly Short Story Contests! With a $50 prize paid through Paypal: it won't exactly pay the bills, but it's an encouragement to give it your best shot. Every week a theme is announced for that week's contest. This week the theme is Beginnings! Particular focus is on the story beginning or opening line.

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Go to Reedsy for tips on writing intriguing opening lines. For story ideas read the beginning-themed prompts provided by Reedsy (below). Just the Beginning 📚 ...
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.

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The latest winner, Phoebe Barr's short story, "The Firebird's Answer," was based on the prompt: Write a story that ends with a character asking a question. The 'End of Story' edition of Reedsy Short Story contest received a whopping 1,066 submissions!

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To prepare your own Submission: Choose a prompt from this week's contest page. Write an original story between 1,000 to 3,000 words maximum. Submit the story (You will need to register a Reedsy Prompts profile online) before the end of Friday June 5th.

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Find out more about. If you're more interested in being a [LINK=https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScfRGgl_B1Go1KPDvbQzy6EHR0FIoF1icXrHnkZYMJHkYUDCQ/viewform]short story judge find information here!
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