Your Story #88: Winners!

Enter the Your Story #88 contest now and you could see your work in Writer's Digest!
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Prompt: Write the opening sentence (just one sentence), of 25 words or fewer, to a story based on the photo above.

Thanks to everyone who entered and/or voted in WD’s Your Story #88! The top 10 winners are as follows:

1. With her batch of baked hearts finally completed, she set out to perform the ritual that would bring her loved ones back. (Shivang Gupta)

2. Elise worked the refreshment table, passing out heart-shaped cookies to the popular girls who’d all be dead by morning. (Annette Bethers)

3. My mother's kitchen wasn't always filled with love. (Jennifer Tooker)

4. My grandmother once said there are forty-seven words used to describe love, but none of them delighted grandpa's heart quite like her homemade cookies. (Erin Jantz)

5. If I had even an inkling about how our day would end, I would have let him eat every last cookie I baked that morning. (Kathleen Stanko)

6. “Now you can tell the doctor you don’t need a new one!” Allie boasted, as she demonstrated her handiwork to her mother. (Julie Bolen)

7. The neighbor’s dog had to be stopped, but making those poisonous, heart-shaped dog treats was the worst mistake Judy ever made. (Liz Rheingans)

8. The smell of cookies in the morning gives me nightmares, because it means mom is home. (Kat Kelly)

9. “Hand me the middle cookie, Annie,” I whispered, and my daughter, whom the doctors said would always be deaf, reached out tiny fingers, snatching it. (Holly Green)

10. My mother left me everything I never wanted: the recipe for heart-shaped cookies, a dingy bakery, and the lone child who haunted it. (Brittany Goodrich)