Thursday, March 4, 2010

First Lines

"Never begin with a dull phrase...gather up all that is strange...a fistful of novelty and make the reader assimilate it before passing on to the noun or pronoun..." "Make the reader concentrate."

Master Class by Paul West.

The First Line supplies the first line. You supply the story.

" Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 3,000 words. The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line's Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Note: We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic as possible.

Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work."


One selection of the 100 Best First Lines from Novels

American Book Review's 100 Best Lines

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