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The amazing Lisa Yee has written three fabulous first lines to stories.

But wait!

The actual stories don’t exist yet. She needs YOUR HELP to turn one of these lines into an awesome work of fiction! Lisa will choose her favorite story (along with few runners-up) and well announce the winners online in spring 2017.

The First Lines

Despite itlocation, Dots Donut Shop was about to get famous. 

I thought it was a costume party.

The new coach seemed peculiar, and it wasnt just because of that third eye.

How to Enter

Entries must be received by: March 10, 2017

Pick your favorite line.

Write a short story starting with your chosen line.

Stories must be between 800 and 3,000 words.

Edit and revise!

Fill out this entry form.

Send the story and completed entry form to us by MARCH 10, 2017.

Entries can be mailed to

Scope's Write-a-Story Contest

P.O. Box 172

New York, NY 10013-0712

Entries can be emailed to:

with Write-a-Story Contest

in the subject line

Google docs cannot be accepted


The winner will get:

plus the thrill of seeing your story published at Scope Online.

The winner’s teacher will get:

a free one-year subscription to Scope.



The winner’s class will get:

copies of Lisa Yees fantastic book Warp Speed.

In our delightful video, Lisa Yee takes you through the process of writing a short story and provides tips on outlining, plot and character development, revision, and more!