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April Fools' Day Writing Challenge (With Prizes)

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Rather than conducting a fresh print run of our bestselling Plagiarist’s Market title (pictured at right) this year, WD is ringing in April Fools’ Day with an online mini contest. Editor Brian A. Klems’ challenge: Write a humorous, fake April Fools’ headline for writers and post it on Twitter (#AprilFools4Writers) or on our Facebook page. The best five, which Brian will announce Monday, will win a copy of our Write Your Novel in 30 Days bookazine.

Here are a few early entries, via Twitter (followed by an unrelated Promptly holiday prompt and a chance to win some swag books):

Reilley: GoogleBooks to dead authors – “Just kidding!”

?fwriction: According to my students, the semicolon will now replace the period, on a full-time basis. #AprilFools4Writers

saltekoff: Shelter for abused punctuation opens #AprilFools4Writers

Valerie_Norris: Query Letter Tips: Be sure to state that you will assist in producing/directing the film version of your novel.

WWSharkbaitWW:
Apple sues the letter “i” for trademark nfrngement.

athenainlove:
Evening sues Morning for “Morning Pages” concept, cites prejudice and preferential treatment from journal writers.#AprilFools4Writers

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WRITING PROMPT:
The April Fool
Feel free to take the following prompt home or post a
response (500 words or fewer, funny, sad or stirring) in the Comments section below.
By posting, you’ll be automatically entered in our
occasional around-the-office swag drawings (we’ll pull a random name Monday to win some books, and announce the victor next Wednesday).
If
you’re having trouble with the
captcha code sticking, e-mail your piece and the prompt to me at
writersdigest@fwmedia.com, with “Promptly” in the subject line, and I’ll
make sure it gets up.

You’re not the type to ever play a prank, but you had your April Fools’ Day scheme planned for weeks. Problem was, when you did it, everyone thought you were serious. And they still do.

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