I’m really excited about this contest. I hope the epilogue is a sale! :hello2:
Okay here’s how the Best First Line contest, open to all writers, is going to roll.
At midnight tonight, Pacific Standard Time, in the comment section of my blog post your best first line.
I’ll take the first 50 entries. You can only post one, that doesn’t mean have someone else post for you, it’s one per person period, and I’m going to leave it up to everyone to play by the honor system. If you want to post under an anonymous name that’s fine, but make up an actual name, not just an anon. There are bound to be more than one anon posts, so to keep track I need different handles for all entries. Please DO NOT POST before the midnight starting time. If you do I will pull it.
The posting will close this Friday at midnight, PST. Over the weekend the anonymous first round judge (all judges will be published authors) will cull five. I’ll post the remaining 45 on Monday. If your best first line is up on the blog then post the next line. I’ll close the window to respond the following Friday at midnight PST. The next judge will cull five more. The following Monday I will post them, then those 40 still standing will post the third line. It will follow the same schedule until we get down to the final five. At that time I will ask the 5 finalist to send (not sure if snail mail or email but will advise) me their first 10 pages of the story beginning with their original contest best first line and I will submit them to Senior Pocket Editor Lauren McKenna to read and pick the winner!
So sharpen your keyboards.
And good luck!