"1,000 Prompts, 1,000 Dollars" Writing Contest

The winners have been selected! Check them out here.

In honor of my new book, 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2, I'm offering my first ever $1,000 writing contest! The goal of my book is to help writers to use prompts to start new work. This contest takes it one step further. Read on to find out how to enter.

Writing Contest Description:
Writers who wish to enter the contest must pick one writing prompt on one of 10 pages of prompts on Build Creative Writing Ideas (prompts pages listed below). All levels of writers are encouraged to submit an entry of 500-1,000 words that begins a larger story. We will accept entries of up to 1,500 words.

The Prompts:
Entrants must pick a writing prompt from one of the 10 pages listed below. Each entry (limited to three entries per individual) must be based on a prompt from one of the 10 pages.
1. Horror
2. Nature
3. Thanksgiving
4. Christmas
5. Regrets
6. Action
7. Dreams
8. Success
9. Fantasy
10. Memory

1. The Grand Prize Winner receives a $500 Amazon gift card.
2. Four first-prize winners receive a $50 Amazon gift card.
3. 100 honorable mentions will receive a free digital copy of 1,000 Creative Writing Prompts, Volume 2 (Retail value: $2.99)

How to Enter:
1. Pick a prompt from one of the 10 available pages.
2. Write your story and make sure it's longer than at least 500 words.
3. Prepare your story as a post on your own blog or website. Include a link at the end of your post to the prompt you used and a link back to this contest.
4. After you post your entry, send an e-mail to [email protected] with the link to your post.

Make sure your entry is posted to your blog by December 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM CST

What Are We Looking For?: We are seeking the start of a larger story without a pre-defined theme. All styles are welcome. We encourage stories that are emotionally engaging and well written. The winning stories will be chosen by a panel selected by Build Creative Writing Ideas.

1. Open to U.S. and U.K. residents only.
2. Up to 3 entries may be submitted per individual.
3. Entries must be posted on a website and link to the prompts page and this contest page. The full set of official rules and disclaimers can be found here on the official rules page.

The closing date for the contest is December 22, 2013 at 11:59 PM CST. The winners will be selected and notified directly by January 12, 2014, and will be announced on this page.

Happy writing everybody!

comments powered by Disqus

Written by Bryan Cohen

Bryan Cohen is the author of more than 30 books, many of which focus on creative writing and blasting through that pesky writer's block. His books have sold more than 20,000 copies. You can find him on and Facebook.

Write a Story Based on These Prompts or This Article!

Use the above prompts or article as inspiration to write a story or other short piece.

[ ? ]

Upload 1-4 Pictures or Graphics (optional)[ ? ]


Click here to upload more images (optional)

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

  •  submission guidelines.

(You can preview and edit on the next page)

What Other Visitors Have Said

Click below to see contributions from other visitors to this page...

UnChristmasing Christmas 
Ahhh...Christmas time is here once again to remind us all that the haunting whispers of impending hecticity heard throughout the year by all whom …

Life at ease 
1. From a young age, my mother has always prompted me to go out and take advantage of any opportunities out in the world. Since 2010, I have been part …


Shark Fever Not rated yet
Kyrie Whitaker Shark Fever “You know how you think the most insane things couldn’t happen to you? But then when it does you can’t believe it and in …

The Unsinkable  Not rated yet
As the surface appeared farther and farther, and the air in my lungs ran thin, I knew it was the end. I wondered how the titanic, the unsinkable, …

Click here to write your own.