Listed below are the 2009 winning contest entries. Check out the RULES and submit your entry using the current entry form.
PLEASE NOTE: We've not yet finished posting our 2009 or 2010 entries.
Contest #200912: "The stars were dancing and the moon was full when..."
This month's first line was submitted by Wonhee Kim.
Contest #200911: "At last I was in Egypt..."
This month's first line related to the opening of King Tut's tomb on November 29, 1922.
Homecoming, Meghan Sinclair, Milon, Ontario, Canada
In the Eyes of Cleopatra, Yada P., Chiang Mai, Thailand
My Two Worlds, Tamtam M., Alexandria, Egypt
Mysteries, Syrol Akmal Bin Shaharom, Teluk Intan, Perak, Malaysia
Contest #200910: "As they approached the alley..."
This month's first line was submitted by Mary Prado.
A Steamed Dragon, Rhyanna DeTuathana, Corvallis, OR
Alley Discovery, Clara Mok Jiak Hoong, Singapore
Alley Sounds, Lisa Miller, San Diego, CA
Lost, Raghvendra Tripathi, Jamshedpur, India
Monster, Charlsa H., De Leon, TX
Returning, Cynthia Becker, Pueblo, CO
Revenge, Emilie R., De Leon, TX
Sweet Dreams, Genevieve S., New York City, NY
The Huge Persimmon, Rohan P., San Jose, CA
The Scream in the Alley, William C., Davis, WV
The Shadows, Darian C., De Leon, TX
The Snow Fort, Michael C., Davis, WV
Contest #200909: "It was the first day of the new school year..."
This month's first line was submitted by Darlene Guldin.
Being Cool at School, Rhyanna DeTuathana, Corvallis, OR
Emily's Surprise, Janet Bigney, Rodanthe, NC
Fourth Grade at Weiser, Tori B., Womelsdorf, PA
Of Raincoats and Names!, Gauri Kanyalkar, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Standing Up, Aishwarya K., New Delhi, Delhi, India
Student Blues, Shaira A.S., Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
The Dream, Diane P. McCloskey, New Milford, NJ
Treasure, Hannah S., Minnetonka, MN
Contest #200908: "I dug my toes in the soft white sand..."
This month's first line was submitted by Sandra Browne."
Abby's Little Shadow, Donna M. Zappala, Bayville, NJ
Alone, Andrew Y., Seoul, Republic of Korea
Dream a dream - live a dream, Joice Lawrence, San Antonio, TX
Goodbye Wave, Robin Anne Mulholland, USA
Honor Thy Father, George Copeland, Colorado Springs, CO
Island, Jenny Perich, Woodland Park, CO
Kissing Him Again, Barbara Shelton, CO
Revenge on the Soft White Sand, Cherry Ann Simeon, Tuguegarao City, Philippines
Surfer's Merritt, Janet B., Rodanthe, NC
The Menacing Shadow, Rhyanna DeTuathana, Corvallis, OR
Violin, Gianne Jordan Gatcho, Nueva Ecija, Philippines
Waiting for Sunrise, Tong N., Oakland Gardens, NY
When Push Comes to Shove, Kourtney Mittelstadt, Alberta, Canada
Wind Down Memory, Rachel Bestre, Baguio City, Philippines
Contest #200907: "With July 4th just days away... "
4th of July, Melissa Linardos, Ohio
A Crabby Fourth of July, Julie Goolsby, Sykesville, MD
An Independence Day to Remember, W.K., Dumont, NJ
Annette and Alice, Heather B., Colorado Springs, CO
Operation Firecracker, Kenneth Collins, Colorado Springs, CO
The Fourth Everyone Regretted, Ashley W., Lake Wales, FL
The Red, The White, and The Blue, Tori B., Womelsdorf, PA
With A Deadly Step, Andrew E. Wheeler, Lehi, UT
Contest #200906: "The air smelled of summer rain..."
--First day of summer is celebrated in June. Click on the link for this month's first line to find out more how the first day of summer is decided upon in the USA and the rest of the northern hemisphere. This month's first line was suggested by Catherine Hobson.
A Fateful Saturday Night, Krishnapriya S., Kerala, India
Cruel Remembrance, Martin Montgomery, Tuscaloosa, AL
Earning Rule, M. Zubair A., Bhakkar/Punjab, Pakistan
Hiking Trip, Matt C., Irvine, CA
Jordan Grant, Karen T., Richmond Hills, ON, Canada
No Room for a Friend, Mary Vela, San Antonio, TX
Pissed in the Tent, Susan Paul, Colorado Springs, CO
Saving Summer, Hima V., Vancouver, WA
Secret Agent 100121, Emily R., Windsor, ON, Canada
Shallow Puddles, Kristiana L., Lemoore, CA
Sophie's Morning, Theresa T., Irvine, CA
Summer Bars, Suzanne Holland, Needham, MA
The Fairies' Meadow, Paige O., Peyton, CO
The Old Country Store, Kate Prado, Hagerstown, MD
The Smell of My Life, Nelya T., Kent, WA
Watershed, Patricia Dunn, Sparrowbush, NY
Contest #200905: "The life jackets were..."
--National Safe Boating week is celebrated in May.
A Lesson Learned, J.J. Landicho, Mindoro, Philippines
Betrayal, Sankalp Sunder, Pune, India
Boating, Siyobin B., Elora, ON, Canada
Fish-fishing for life, Gauri Kanyalkar, Mumbai, India
The Boating Experience, Malisa R., Sicklerville, NJ
The Fishermen, Robin M., USA
The Underwater Bomb, Francesca L., London, England, UK
Tragedy, Juliet R., Staten Island, NY
Contest #200904: "Once upon a time..."
--April 27th is Tell a Story Day.
A Fair Trade, Spencer Newsad, Snoqualmie, WA
Anne's Heart, Elizabeth W., Canada
Once upon a time...my life was ruined, Erick E., Englewood, FL
The Old Chapel, Rajita P., San Jose, CA
The Turtle that Wished, Mary Vela, San Antonio, TX
Contest #200903: "Only an escapologist..."
--March 24th is Harry Houdini's birthday. He was a famous escapologist.
Escaping Chores, Rhyanna S. DeTuathana, Corvallis, OR
Green Coffee, Christian Madison Brinkley, Reus, Spain
Inside Show, Corrie Garrett, North Hollywood, CA
The Great Power of the Klutz Escapologist, Alyssa R., Covington, TN
Contest #200902: "The lingering scent of chocolate..."
A Brilliant Payback, Rhyanna S. DeTuathana, Corvallis, OR
Before the Victory Theater, Daphne Rice, Portland, OR
Chocolate Love, Maria M., Pelham, AL
Lonely Wish, Annayanna Biswas, New York, NY
Molasses, Aeisha Santos, Manila, Philippines
The Lesson, Teresa Allen, Albuquerque, NM
The Missing Cookies, Adrienne Saldivar, San Diego, CA
Tricked!, Annalie Hamilton, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Two Sides of Her, Michael Shepherd, Colorado Springs, CO
Contest #200901: "Backward Day was here and..."
--January 31st is Backward Day.
Backward Day is Back, Sarah V., Castailia, NC
My Favorite Backward Day, Susheel P., Miramar, FL
Opps, Kenneth Collins, Colorado Springs, CO
The Draining, John Garrison
Wow's Solution, Daphne Rice, Portland, OR