Photo writing prompt contest: April '22

closeup of a hermit crab shell with tiny foot and claws emerging on sand and beach grass photo by Hannah Jackson on Unsplash
Date Posted:
4/1/2022

Can you think of a time when you needed to come out of your shell? When your armor, your protective exterior, wasn't serving you as much as facing the world and showing your authentic self would? What did you see when you emerged? What happened next?

What do you think about when you look at this picture? 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 this 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, access to this friendly-fun “contest,” and more.)

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) before noon on the last day of each month. Please put "[Month] photo prompt submission" in the subject line.

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.

Every submission will be one entry into a semi-annual drawing for the winner’s choice between 1) $50 off the Center course of their choosing, OR 2) a $50 Bookshop.org gift card (check out the Center's Bookshop affiliate page, where we're doing our part to support independent bookstores as well as authors). 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 play!

Happy writing,

Stacia M. Fleegal, Director