Writer's Digest Your Story Contest #52 - Writer's Digest

Your Story 52: The Winners!

Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo to the left.
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Prompt: Write the opening sentence (25 words or fewer) to a story based on the photo to the left.

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Thanks to everyone who voted in and/or entered WD’s Your Story #52! Here are the results. The winning entries, in ranking order, are as follows:

1. Three sisters continued down the seemingly endless trail—unaware of the giant palm pressed against the glass above that stirred the swirling snow around them. (Jenny Maxey)

2. I’ve always hated the motivational posters in my therapist’s office, especially those stupid kids in the woods; how the hell’s that supposed to inspire me? (Jordan Villegas)

3. Sometimes you think you’ve lost everything, until you feel the tiny hands of your brother and sister and realize you actually have everything you need. (Antoinette Del Campo-O’Brien)

4. I was walking through the snow with two mysterious children—one of the past and one the future—wondering which would disappear first. (Pamela Walden Taylor)

5. As the snowfall thickened and the temperature plummeted toward zero, we headed out to find Santa—for he was going to pay for his shortcomings. (Curtis Walker)

6. It wasn’t until we reached the clearing that we discovered the man between us was not our father. (J.R. Simmang)

7. “Snow,” she whispered, mesmerized, not recognizing the ashes of our home as they drifted around us. (Crystal Kamm)

8. Walking into the snow-covered forest, she knew it was up to her to find the mysterious portal and reverse its strange effect on her parents. (Michelle Hoyord)

9. Jeremy guided Elaine and little Timothy homeward, careful not to track even a drop of blood from the scene of their latest horrific act. (Poet Mase)

10. The founding members of the Lollipop Guild began their journey along a snow-covered Yellow Brick Road, seeking answers that only one wizard could provide. (Mike Elnick)


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