I have a lot of books at home. Some of them are CBAY Books that I set aside as giveaways that I then never gave away, and some of these books are readers (either for CBAY Books or other publishers). But the one thing all of these books have in common is that they are middle grade or teen books, and they all need to go away. And being the kind, generous person I am, I have decided to give them away to my blog/Twitter followers. However, to make this more fun, I have decided to have a weekly Twitter contest for them.

Here’s how it will work. Every week at a random time, I will post a tweet that starts with #storystarts. Then I will give you a writing assignment that can be done in 140 characters. After that, I’ll list the prize for that week. Example of a tweet could be:

#storystarts Spaceship haiku. Go. Prize: Necropolis ARC

To enter the contest, reply to the tweet with your answer to the writing assignment. So, to enter my sample contest above, you would reply tweet me your spaceship haiku. Each contest will be open for 24 hours at the end of which I’ll pick the winner(s). At my discretion (and based on prize availability), I may pick more than one winner. I’ll then contact you to get an address and mail you your book. Because I’m eating shipping, at this point, this contest is only open to folks in the United States. That may change in the future, but for now, I’m having to stick to it.

Finally, the #storystarts I provide may be silly, serious, or downright strange, but hopefully they will motivate and inspire your writing. None of these should take more than a few moments to do, and hopefully, they’ll be a good diversion from your writing projects. For the first contest tweet, head on over to me Twitter feed now.

(Note: Sometimes I post writing prompts. Those are not part of the contest. Only tweets that start with #storystart are contests right now.)

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