Your Story #74: Winners!

  • Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 8.29.33 AMPrompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo to the left. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story 74! Here are the results. The top 10 winners, in ranking order, are as follows:

1. In the shadows of the home we once shared, the greatest lie you ever told remains in blurred black paint on a long forgotten wall.

2. The words painted on the rock at the top of the mountain were the last written by the couple found at the bottom.

3. One thing I learned about marrying a sign painter: Once things go dry, they stay that way.

4. Andrea avoided eye contact with her ex’s handiwork as she uncapped the paint can, preparing to add a fresh layer of “Khaki Cafe.”

5. The game started with a park-bench note, and ended with a proposal stamped on a wall—and she still didn’t know his name.

6. Kenneth Ve slipped the diamond on Edie Lo’s finger, and breathlessly said, “When we wed, let’s drop the hyphen.”

7. What is it, exactly, that induces so many public restroom patrons to wax romantic while taking care of business?

8. The message on the wall read like an expression of love, except to me.

9. I ran to hide in the abandoned mine shaft, where I found the evidence of his terrifying fixation painted on the wall, waiting for me.

10. They fell in love at the Annual International Graffiti Competition, but were quickly disqualified for using a crappy stencil and poor grammar.

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67 thoughts on “Your Story #74: Winners!

  1. DougWalsh

    I vote for E.

    Not only do I think it stands out amongst the others, but it’s closest in mood and theme that I was aiming for with my own entry. Better luck next time; congrats to the finalists!

  2. ajits

    All the entries are beautiful!
    I vote for K – I ran to hide in the abandoned mine shaft, where I found the evidence of his terrifying fixation painted on the wall, waiting for me.

  3. KTcalico

    I vote for E. It’s interesting how the words shadows, lie, blurred, and forgotten all come together in your message and make me want to know more about their relationship. Well done.

  4. littlealex

    Read them all. My favorite was D. Who is the couple at the bottom of the mountain and what happened to them.
    Lots of mystery in that short sentence!!

  5. STansley

    Your Story#74 E is the most intriguing yet melancholy line that totally fits the picture. It has imagination and creativity but more importantly it depicts the human emotions that are contained in the words we write and say. Bravo.

    1. Baihley GrandisonBaihley Grandison Post author

      hi there,

      No, the wording in the photo does not have to be in the sentence; if you do choose to include it, it does count as part of the word count.


      1. jcm3rockstar

        Sorry if I voted more than one time; I kept seeing a ‘gateway timeout’ screen. I just wanted to comment on how much I enjoy the Your Story competition. I subscribe to Writer’s Digest and always check out the Your Story section first, then I skim through the rest of the periodical to read what else I find interesting. Thank you for helping people like me keep their dreams alive; I surely love WD. 🙂


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