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Your Story 40 – Winners!

Categories: Your Story Competition.
  Prompt: Write the opening sentence to a story (25 words or fewer) based on the photo prompt to the left.
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Thanks to everyone who voted on WD’s Your Story #40! Here are the results. The winning entries, in ranking order, are as follows:

1. He snatched up a lost wallet on the sidewalk, thinking it was his lucky day–until he read the note stuck inside: Look behind you. (Darlene Roberts)

2. It was a terrible coincidence when the wallet he found on the sidewalk contained a faded picture of his missing wife. (Kara Branson)

3. That wallet on the sidewalk meant opportunity or trouble, and I was up for either one. (Sandra Dowling)

4. Bending down to collect his wallet off the pavement, Jerry’s mind turned to something else: the long split down the back of his trousers. (Natasha Long)

5. As Edward watched the wallet fall to the ground, his initial reaction was to return it, but his addictions would outweigh his guilt. (Richard De Fino)

6. Jacob’s world stopped when he opened the lost wallet and saw a picture of his wife with a man he’d never seen before. (Lari Newton)

7. When I found a tan leather wallet sunbathing on an empty concrete lane, it felt hot like a thousand sins. (Andrew Cloward)

8. Darren told me to forget the wallet and keep running, but the faded picture was worth the risk. (Drew Iverson)

9. It wasn’t even time for breakfast yet, and Frank was already learning that he should’ve watched the news report on man-eating wallets. (Michael Pizzano)

10. Swooping down to pick up the wallet, she hoped there was at least enough money in it to continue the electrolysis on her hairy forearms. (Ken Mosier)

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15 Responses to Your Story 40 – Winners!

  1. KittyB78 says:

    I have a question and it wasn’t covered in the FAQ here. I read the official rules, but it mentions winning fees… that doesn’t apply to the “Your Story” does it?

  2. mchesnek says:

    Nevermind, I found it!

  3. mchesnek says:

    So how do you vote?

  4. rdefino says:

    I actually got lost into the little story that I created from the 23 words that I typed in lol.
    It’s amazing how fast the mind can create a complex situation. I was so tempted to continue on way past the alotted 25 words. Good luck to everyone.

  5. escargot says:

    Dummy me just re-read the entry requirements, and it’s one sentence;I put about four sentences but kept under the 25 words.Pity – it was pretty good too. :)

  6. gumshoe19 says:

    This was fun. Keeping it under 25 words forces you to make ultra careful word choices. Thanks!

  7. HannahB says:

    It’s surprisingly difficult to keep it under 25 words, but this is really fun. I have so many ideas. :)

  8. catbr says:

    That was a thought provoking exercise. Had a few different ideas but went with the first one that popped into my head.

  9. I love this prompt!!! I have so many different ideas running through my head. What a wonderful writing exercise!!!

  10. Writerchiq says:

    Piorre, how true! Because it is such a brief writing exercise, I’ve written several openings and am going to do my own impromptu survey with family and friends to see which of them they like most. I’ll submit that.

  11. Piorre Hart says:

    Hi! Thanks! That was a very stimulating exercise indeed! Its surprising how a single picture can spark so many story-ideas!

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