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The amazing Gordon Korman has written three fabulous first lines to stories.

But wait!

The actual stories don’t exist yet. He needs YOUR HELP to turn one of these lines into an awesome work of fiction! Gordon will choose his favorite story (along with few runners-up) and well announce the winners online in July 2018.

The First Lines

In the darkness, all I could see of the creature were its glowing tentacles and long purple teeth.

Getting rich was the last thing on our minds.

The Haunted Science Lab was more than just a nickname.

How to Enter

Entries must be received by: March 1, 2018

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 1, 2018.

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 Gordon Korman's fantastic book Restart.

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