Story Openers Competition: Hook the Reader!

The winner of our story openers contest is Maryanne Stahl for her entry, "It looked dead, but I began to back away just in case."

To celebrate our brand new Twitter account at @cwritingn, we're running a special contest on Twitter about story beginnings.

The beginning of a story is where the reader (or publisher!) decides whether to keep reading.

Can you hook the reader in the first pages of your story? What about in the first few words? Can you write a story beginning so intriguing that the reader can't resist reading on?

Tweet your irresistible story opener, and you could win a $30 prize!

How to participate:

  1. Follow us on Twitter at @cwritingn
  2. Post your irresistible story opener on In your Tweet, include both our username @cwritingn and the hashtag #storyhooks

Sample entries by some well-known writers:

    Jane Austin: @cwritingn #storyhooks It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife

    Edgar Allen Poe: I was sick -- sick unto death with that long agony; and when they at length unbound me, and I was permitted to sit @cwritingn #storyhooks

    F. Scott Fitzgerald: @cwritingn #storyhooks In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind

We're looking forward to reading YOUR entry!

Contest Rules:

  1. There is no cost for participating in the contest.
  2. All entries must be your original work. We may publish your entry on our competition page or elsewhere, crediting you as the author.
  3. You may enter as many times as you like.
  4. The last day to enter is Wednesday, August 17th. The winner will be announced on our Creative Writing Contests page by August 31st.
  5. The first prize of $30 (USD) will be paid by PayPal or with an voucher, according to the winner's choice. If the winner's a U.S. resident, he or she may request payment by check.

Next steps

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