The Blog Launch Prompt Contest!

My blog has launched! 😀 (Obviously, because you’re reading this right now.) In preparation for the launch, I hosted an Instagram contest where I asked for three-sentence stories in response to picture prompts.

If you missed the contest, here are the links to my posts. Then, you can see all the incredible entries.

I don’t think I realized quite how hard it would be to choose winners for these three-sentence stories. The entries were so amazing and unique, and they all deserve to be spotlighted. But I said I would pick a winner for each, so here I am.

(You should definitely check out my posts, though, to see the other entries. All the creativity will inspire you. It inspired me.)

Prompt 1

This image does not belong to me. I found it on Pinterest.

I absolutely love this prompt. I may end up doing a longer story off this one, so keep an eye out for that.

As for the contest, first, here are the two entries from Laura (see my Why Prompts? post to see who she is and why she’s featured) and me.

I watched you sink far into the distance as my saviors carried me to something far better. To life beyond us, beyond our world, beyond anything I had ever imagined. They carried me to a world past the clouds.

~ Laura E.

Now, here’s my entry:

She steps across the sky, arms outstretched, embracing the beautiful danger of a life well lived. The birds know she is one of their own, so they form a pathway perfect for her tiny outstretched feet. Each step takes her closer to a world in which she has always belonged. 

~ Cassandra Hamm

Finally, here is the winner of my mini contest for day one:

“I’ve never told anyone, but I have a dream. And sometimes when they all leave me alone, I close my eyes and imagine away the tubes, the white sheets, the hospital bed. The sheets become birds, and I become alive, and I promise myself wings are more beautiful than walking.”

~ Hannah Robinson

This amazing piece was written by Hannah Robinson (@hannahrobinsonauthor). It makes me want to cry—so beautiful and sad. I want to hug the girl she’s talking about; I really do.

Prompt 2

This image does not belong to me. I found it on Pinterest.

I had a lot of fun picking this one. *grins* I thought it might make for some interesting stories, and I was right.

Here’s Laura’s entry:

I swear, one of these days that gray cat is going to catch me and then it will be sorry. All the secrets of the universe would die with me if I went down. Imagine that, he actually thinks I’m just an ordinary butterfly.

~ Laura E.

Here’s my entry:

There—a flash, a movement, a streak of light in the sky. I leap, teeth bared, paw swinging. Must touch the light—must find out what it is and why it torments me so—but my paw is too slow as always, and the light flits away.

~ Cassandra Hamm

I modeled this one off cats going after laser pointers. They do seem to have a need to touch the light. So, since the butterfly was golden, I decided to go that route.

Now, for the winner of day two! 😀

“I have had enough!” screeched the Cheshire Cat. “All you caterpillars and butterflies going around destroying our lovely Wonderland with your smokes and nonsense. It ends today!”

~Maddie Morrow

Didn’t Maddie Morrow (@maddiemorrowwrites) do an amazing job with this prompt? I love the ties to Alice in Wonderland with the cat and the butterfly. I never would’ve thought of it. This is why it’s so much fun to do writing prompts—everyone takes them so differently!

Prompt 3

This image does not belong to me. I found it on Pinterest.

The aesthetic of this picture intrigued me. I wasn’t sure if others would like it too, but apparently they did! 😀

Here’s Laura’s entry:

Winter breathed its icy breath into my lungs as I stared at the trees in front of me on the path. Their branches were intertwined just as our stories had been once upon a time. Nothing was supposed to end in ice, but here I am, watching the snow fall.

~ Laura E.

Here’s my entry:

They say these aren’t just trees—they’re dryads. They say sometimes you can see them dancing across the furrowed ground, sprinkling pale petals in their wake. A breath of wind stirs the petals at my feet, and I swear I see a smiling face, swiftly swallowed by the gray sky.

~ Cassandra Hamm

And our final winner….

They’d been human, once—they still remembered the patter of small feet, the sound of young mouths shouting “Grandfather!”, “Grandmother!”. But the path had needed new guardians. And changing into trees to protect the ones they loved seemed a worthy way to go, after all.

~ Savannah Grace

What a sacrifice made by these people-turned-trees. I absolutely love the emotion this conveys in a few sentences, and I wish I knew more about this situation. (Maybe she can write some more of it. *grins*) Incredible story by Savannah Grace (@savannahgraceauthor).

Thank you!

I want to thank everyone for helping me launch my blog and for participating in the contest. You all are the best! *offers hugs*

What did you think of the entries? 😀

Now, if you want to see longer stories based on prompts, go check out Prompted! I look forward to hearing what you think of my creations!

Plus, if you enjoyed this contest, with every story I write, I offer the opportunity for you to challenge your own creativity––to write a story in five sentences or less based on the prompt. You can choose to do the prompts or not, but I’d love to see your mini-stories in the comments either on my blog or on Instagram! 😀 (Now it’s no longer limited to Instagram!)

Thanks again for all the help and support! Happy reading!

4 thoughts on “The Blog Launch Prompt Contest!

  1. Yay! Congrats on starting a blog, Cassandra! I just found it and I love it already. 😍
    All of these entries for the prompt contest are SO good! ❤️ I love Savannah’s entry…it’s so beautiful.
    I can’t wait to read whatever else you come up with!

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