Your Story 54: The Winners! - Writer's Digest

Your Story 54: The Winners!

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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 entered and voted in Your Story 54! Here are the results. The winners in ranking order are as follows:

1. The water receded and the bride was gone, but so were the groom and the guests—and Jessica realized she should have rephrased her wish. (Brett Allen)

2. Vince should have emerged by now, lifting the chair with Sophia on top for the grand finale—unless this time he couldn’t escape the chains. (Raina Croff)

3. Perhaps, if I close my eyes very tight, I’ll be standing on a chair in the ocean rather than a ledge on the 25th floor. (Cynthia Maddox)

4. It was when Elizabeth Redding found herself peering over her office chair, into gallons of ocean, that she began questioning her resentment toward magic. (Aly Lim)

5. The dream followed her for half a century—her fear of the sea, that damned folding chair—until she took fate into her own hands. (Patrick Loafman)

6. With the firing squad ready, I saw Lydia hovering above the water wearing the graduation dress I had made—and then the shots rang out. (Caroline Todd)

7. I think I can safely say that I’m the first person to ever wake up on a floating chair in the middle of the ocean. (Medha Somayaji)

8. Who’d have thought that our innocent game of musical chairs would end with me standing on this chair, in this ridiculous dress, surrounded by oblivion? (Zephyrus White)

9. Floating in the ocean on nothing but a lawn chair, I found myself woefully unprepared for this year’s Hunger Games. (Salena Casha)

10. Tiffany did a lot of bizarre things while sleepwalking, but knowing she had carried this chair all the way to the beach ranked No. 1. (Megan O’Mara)


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