Selling Your Firstborn Sentences: A Writing Contest and Prompt

Get inspired with The First Line Literary Journal challenge: write a short story starting with the sentence “Edwin spotted them the moment he stepped off the train.”

Before you make a face and click off this page, think about it practically.  The chances of a huge number of writers deciding to spend the time thinking up, writing, and editing a short story that is specifically for this single publication and contest is highly unlikely.  Therefore, your competition is slimmer and your story has a better chance at winning.

Submitting to The First Line Literary Journal is a smart idea.  What have you really got to loose?

Type of literary journal:  print

What submissions they want:  any genre, word count 300-3,000.  Check out further submission guidelines.

How they want the submissions:  email sent to submission (@) thefirstline (dot) com

Submission fee?  No.  Never!

Accept international submissions?  Yes.

When they want the submissions: August 1st, 2011

Official Submission Response Time: usually 2-3 weeks after the submission close date.

My personal submission response time:  none, sorry!  I haven’t submitted here before.  But let me know when you hear back!

Contest winnings:  Technically this isn’t really a contest, more like a submissions call, but you do get paid!  $20 for fiction and $10 for non-fiction along with a copy of the journal you’re published in.

While you’re waiting, listen to the audio of this one story published in the journal.  Hope you feel inspired and enjoy!!

Good luck!


Published by hannahkarena

author & book publishing person.

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