Consider the idea of ruin as a noun, rather than a verb. Think about what once was and is now lost or changing, either in your own life or in the imagined life of this house. Where did this door once lead? What about the fact that the earth always reclaims what humans make and then abandon?
What do you think of 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, 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 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!
Stacia M. Fleegal, Director