Your Story #71: Winners! - Writer's Digest

Your Story #71: Winners!

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  • Prompt: 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 71! Here are the results. The winners, in ranking order, are as follows:

1. Being lost and low on fuel didn't mean much once I saw the flash: too fast for a sunrise and too slow for an explosion. (Dennis Collins)

2. Only I know he never touched the brakes at the top of the pass, but my silence was bought by the pine impaling the windshield. (Carie Sherman)

3. Scott drove slowly down the snowy road thinking he had committed the perfect crime, but the rising sun wasn’t his only witness. (Wanda Kiernan)

4. I’ll never get away with it, she thought as she watched him head down the mountain, the loosened lug nuts already working themselves free. (C.W. Accetta)

5. Waving an enthusiastic goodbye as he peeled down the mountainside, his mother turns to me and asks, "You made sure to cut the brakes, right?" (Andrea Ritterbeck)

6. The things we do to get a decent cup of coffee. (Joshua Albritton)

7. Stopping the jeep, our excitement turned to horror as we realized the fresh powder of the new year was not snow, but human ashes. (Jamie Galapia)

8. The jeep rolled out of the burned out forest completely without damage, or a driver. (Lisa Spargo)

9. David gunned the stolen Jeep around another curve on the snow-packed wilderness road, unaware of the sun and mist-hidden pedestrian ahead. (Michael Hamer)

10. Jacob gaped at his side mirror, where 200 yards back he saw Nina's truck emerge over a dip, 12-gauge still pointed out the driver's window. (Laura Saienni)