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Pictures for writing prompts for middle school

Writing Prompts: Digital Photos for Writing
each spring, we now host a photo contest and a writing-about-photos contest!

They say a picture is worth ten-thousand words. In this digital age, students so easily can capture images digitally. Photos make fantastic writing prompts, but rather than cut up your National Geographics for your writers to pen stories about, encourage your students to take and print digital photos that their fellows students can write about.

For four years at WritingFix (from 2009-2012), before we lost our sponsorship from the NNWP, we hosted an annual contest here to encourage students to snap pictures that would inspire their fellow classmates and students around the world to write a story or poem. If we end up saving WritingFix, we plan to bring this annual contest back so that your classroom's photographers can be honored by having one of their most interesting original pictures posted here and seen by thousands and thousands of students and teachers.

Two Ways to Participate in Growing this On-line Resource

Challenge your Students to Photograph a Writing Prompt

We started this as an annual contest back in 2009. Students and their teachers were challenged to capture digital images (candid or posed) that would encourage another student to write a poem or story about the picture. In 2012, our sponsor lost funding, and the contest went on hiatus...until now.

New original photos can be posted at our Digital Photography Contest Posting Page. Each June, I would like to post my favorite new elementary, middle school, high school, and teacher photographer's visual writing prompt on this page where--literally--tens of thousands of teachers and students visit this page annually for writing inspiration.

Each Spring, I will encourage teachers to challenge their students to participate. Each Spring, I hope you'll encourage your students to become a part of this page.

Our Writing-about-Digital-Photos Challenge

We want to see thoughtful writing inspired by these photographers' images . Any 3rd-12th grade students may participate by studying one of the first four digital photos posted below, then writing an original story or poem based on one of those photos.

To the right of each photo prompt below is a link to a posting page where teachers can submit their students' stories and poems. Each June, Dena and I will select some of the best writing submissions to post here so that those students' words encourage other students to write.

At this page--literally--tens of thousands of teachers and students visit annually for writing inspiration.

Teachers may enter more than one student's writing sample, but limit the submissions to one per student please.


This is a writer's notebook-friendly page of prompts! If you celebrated 2010-11's "Year of the Writer's Notebook" with us, here's a popular idea we explored that year that teaches your writers to use their notebooks in active and interesting ways: INSPIRE THEM WITH PHOTOGRAPHS (like the ones found below).

Better yet, host a "bring-for-extra-credit-a-digital-photo-to-class" week or month, using the rules of our contest below; we think you'll be surprised how many of your kids can operate and print from digital cameras. You might end up with a huge pile of future photo writing prompts that can be spread out on desks for students with empty notebook pages.



The very best book for inspiring students to keep a writer's notebook

Below, you can find the winning photographs from our past contests. It's never too early to start snapping and saving pictures for next spring's contest. If you have a digital photo that you (or your students) believe would inspire students worldwide to write original stories about the picture, you can post your students' photos at our Photos to Inspire Writing Interest Group at the ning. We'll be in touch with you, if you indicate that you're posting a photo for our upcoming springtime contest.

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Share Original Photos that Might Inspire Writing

We now feature a group at our Writing Lesson of the Month Ning where anyone can post digital photos. Click here to become a member of that group so you can see the photos posted by users.

Need More Photos?

Entering Student and Teacher Digital Photographs...Rules and Resources:

  • Only one photo entry per student per school year please.
  • All photos must be original digital photos that can be posted digitally at the contest’s posting page. Students who enter their photos independently must share with us the name of their teacher who encouraged them to submit the photo.
  • Photos that show human faces must be accompanied by a signed release form from its human subjects, which will give WritingFix permission to publish the image at this webpage. Photos of minors must have the signature of parent or legal guardian. Release forms should be scanned and emailed to [email protected] on the same day the photo is submitted at the posting page.
  • Content of the photos must be appropriate for student writers of all ages.
  • Annual deadline: May 30
  • Three winners will be chosen and posted at the WritingFix website.
  • Teachers, e-mail questions about this contest to the contest coordinator at this address: [email protected]

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2012's Contest-Winning Digital Images

Student Writing inspired by these Images

High School Winner:
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Student Photographer: Mirna, 10th grader
This photo was entered by Mirna's teacher: Mrs. Tovar

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Mirna's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2012 Middle School Winner:
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Student Photographer: Nina, 8th grader
This photo was entered by Nina's teacher: Mrs. Butler

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Nin'a photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2012 Elementary Winner:
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Student Photographer: Paige, 4th grader
This photo was entered by Paige's teacher: Mrs. Bettler

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Paige's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2012 Teacher Winner:
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Teacher Photographer: Denise Vetromile

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Denise's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!

Past Years' Contest-Winning Digital Images

Student Writing inspired by these Images

Our 2011 High School Winning Photograph:
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Student Photographer: Jennifer Acevedo
This photo was entered by Jennifer's teacher: Mrs. Soto

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Jennifer's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2011 Middle School Winning Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Kayley Shaby
This photo was entered by Kayley's teacher: Mrs. Butler

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Kayley's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2011 Elementary Winning Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Nathan Bowser
This photo was entered by Nathan's teacher: Mrs. Garrity

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Nathan's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2011 Teacher Winning Photograph:
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Teacher Photographer: Jennifer Benoit


Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing.

Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Mrs. Benoit's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

  • No student samples posted for this photo...yet! Show students this photo, challenge them to write, then revise, and post their final samples at the link above. Your students' writing can become featured on this page to inspire other students!
Our 2010 High School Winning Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)

Student Photographer: Crystal Ji
This photo was entered by Crystal's teacher: Mrs. Vaughn
Our 2010 Middle School Winning Digital Photograph:
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Student Photographer: Nicole Gallant
This photo was entered by Nicole's teacher: Mrs. Baiden

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Nicole's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2010 Elementary Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Jacob Sammons
This photo was entered by Jacob's teacher: Mrs. Arroyo

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Jacob's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2010 Teacher Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Teacher Photographer: Amie Newberry

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' portfolio pieces inspired by Mrs. Newberry's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2009 High School Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Caitlyn Smith
This photo was entered by Caitlyn's teacher: Mr. Coyan


Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Caitlyn's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2009 Middle School Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Trae Jones
This photo was entered by Trae's teacher: Ms. McDowell
Our 2009 Elementary Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Student Photographer: Austin Miller
This photo was entered by Austin's teacher: Mrs. Thorsen

Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing at our site-sponsored Ning. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Austin's photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

Our 2009 Teacher Winning Digital Photograph:
(click on image to see it in larger form)


Teacher Photographer: Christina Rhodes


Submit Writing Inspired by this Photo
publishing students online is a celebration for them!

You can publish student writing that was inspired by the photo at left! If you're using this page's digital photographs as writing prompts for your students' journals or writer's notebooks, and you have a student who takes a photograph-inspired story all the way through the writing process during your writer's workshop, you can now publish those pieces of writing and enter them in an annual contest. Click here to post final drafts of your students' polished poems or stories that were inspired by Mrs. Rhodes' photo. Help us celebrate and motivate your writers by featuring them online.

Below are some favorite pieces of student writing this photograph inspired:

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