Your Story #98: Winners

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt for your chance to be featured in Writer's Digest Magazine. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.
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  • Prompt: Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt above. You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Use the submission form below OR email your submission directly to with the subject line "Your Story #98."

IMPORTANT: If you experience trouble with the submission form, please email your submission directly to within the body of your email (no attachments, please).

Unfortunately, we cannot respond to every entry we receive, due to volume. No confirmation emails will be sent out to confirm receipt of submission. But be assured all submissions received before entry deadline are considered carefully. Official Rules

Entry Deadline: CLOSED

WD editors and readers selected the following 12 winners.


When David woke alone in the desert, he immediately regretted donating his eyes to science. —Nathaniel Ooten


Miguel Sarodinia no longer worried about seeing the things that broke his heart. —Marta Bacon


Somehow I expected a bit more when they said they'd take care of me in the Witness Protection Program. —Robert Snyder


(Tie) For Mark, the ability to give himself a new face at-will made the transition from plastic surgeon to assassin a logical career move. —Corey Wilks


(Tie) Four hours into our desert honeymoon, I could see that Rodney’s extreme distrust of sunscreen signaled bad news for our future. —Jan M. Flynn


(Tie) The pledge stood disillusioned in the desert sand as his mother’s voice sang inside his hell-week-abused-alcohol-numbed mind, "That ain't the way to have fun, Son." —Greg Davis


(Tie) The android approached us, completely unaware of the packaging still wrapped around its head. —Moira Nicholson


(Tie) Although Thutmose the Undying wanted to once more rule his ancestral lands, he knew he had to start off small, which is why he was headed off for an interview to become a shift manager at Abercrombie and Fitch. —Chris Puzak


(Tie) Just over one square meter of gauze was all he had left to commemorate his part in the Invisibility War. —Pamela Love


(Tie) Carl had been groggy after his surgery, and now he was beginning to suspect that he made a wrong turn on the way to the bathroom. —Rachel Sample


(Tie) The trouble began with a curious click on a profile photo captioned with “Bandaged man seeks broken woman for salvage mission.” —Craig Zimmerman


This is what you get when a nurse in the burn ward is high on opiates and mistakes a glue applicator for the salve applicator. —Michael Thornton