Your Story #76: Winners! - Writer's Digest

Your Story #76: 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 #76! Here are the results. The top 10 winners are as follows:

1. If Trevor had glanced back, he might have noticed the now-empty canoe trailing his or glimpsed the hunter re-emerging to aim a second arrow.

2. Paralyzed with fear, Cole didn’t even have to look over his shoulder to know the kayak that’d been following him for miles was empty.

3. I hated paddling behind Matt, his shallow strokes like rhythmic reminders of how weak we had both become since the accident.

4. She awoke to her wrists and ankles bound by twine, and the man paddling the kayak attached to hers was most definitely not her husband.

5. Rowing with paddles whilst rowing about money, I couldn't believe I had agreed to this honeymoon: far too much canoeing and not enough canoodling.

6. Looks of horror appeared on the faces of each jury member as the camera rolled and my red kayak got closer and closer.

7. As he approached the waterfall, he remembered how his wife, following behind, had insisted he pay his life insurance premium prior to their vacation.

8. It wasn't like Ray to go quiet on us, but we honestly didn't think anything was up til we saw his empty boat.

9. Three times I’d shot him, and three times he’d waltzed back into my life, treating our relationship like a scenic paddle down a nameless river.

10. They were straight out of a travel magazine, the beautiful woman in the kayak and the man who was going to drown her.


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