July '20 photo writing prompt contest

July '20 photo writing prompt, image of red and blue beta fish
Date Posted:
7/1/2020

This fish is a fighter. Put two or more together and they fan out their beautiful tails and fins to attack one another. On their own, they flutter serenely between plants and behind rocks, mesmerizing to watch. Maybe the fighting nature of the beta fish leads you to a metaphor about current events or a personal conflict, past or present. Maybe you interpret "fight" in a positive way; when is "being a fighter" a positive trait? Or maybe it conjures the memory of a pet, or a childhood trip to a pet store with walls full of fish in lidded plastic dishes, waiting to be chosen.  

What do you think of when you look at this image? Write about it.

Monthly photo prompt writing contest for email list community members!

If you aren’t currently enrolled in a Center course (or even if you are!) but want to write with us, we host a community-building photo writing prompt project through our email list.

How it works

Every first of the month, we will present a new photo. Using this photo as a prompt, our subscribing community members are invited to participate in our in-list writing challenge to see who can create a strong, detailed, feature-worthy response in under 500 words. (Subscribing gets you a FREE download of One Year of Weekly Writing Prompts, our Sunday emails brimming with tips and inspiration for writers, the occasional exclusive discount or package deal on Center offerings, AND access to this friendly-fun “contest,” so what are you waiting for?)

Once you’re subscribed, get writing! Copy and paste your response to the photo prompt into an email and send it to Stacia (sfleegal at creativewritingcenter dot com, subject line “[Month] photo prompt submission”) before noon on the last day of each month.

Submit for a chance to be featured AND win $50

The winning submission will be featured in the first Sunday email of the incoming month, published along with a new photo prompt.

To offer a bigger reward for writers who participate in our monthly photo prompt contest, every submission will be one entry into a drawing for the winner’s choice between 1) $50 off the Center course of their choosing, OR 2) a $50 Amazon gift card. Each month’s featured writer will get two entries into the drawing. There will be two drawings each year: July 1 for submissions received January 1 through June 30, and January 1 for submissions received July 1 through December 31.

Remember, only email list community members can participate and will see each month’s selection, so join us if you want to join us!

Happy writing,

Stacia M. Fleegal, Director