Due to Critical Internet Failure Month, aka September, this month I’m holding a slightly different, mega first line contest. There will be slight changes to the rules for this month–October–only.
This will be a double contest to make up for September. Contest will run for two (2!) weeks instead of one. I will choose two (2!) winners for prose and two (2!) winners for poetry. Easy right?
Let me sum up what’s going on for any newcomers who wander past.
Once a month I will post an orphaned first line here on the WordPress blog and on LJ. All my LJ posts are mirrored on Goodreads, so you can find the line in all three places. In comments–either on WordPress, Lj or on Goodreads–write the first paragraph of a story or the first stanza of a poem using that line. Easy peasy.
Anyone can enter. Anyone at all, friend, foe or interested stranger, newbie or professional. Your great aunt, your next door neighbor or Cousin Joe can post an entry. I do draw the line at having your dog enter.
You have one (2) weeks this month to come up with your entry. I will announce the winners and repost his or her winning entries.
There is more at stake here than covering yourself in glory on my blog. Oh yes, there is an actual prize involved. The winner each month will receive one of the portable fantasy map pendants I make.
Kinda like this one. Not this exact one, but you get the idea. I’ll surprise you.
And the first line for this month is:
They say you can wander Jasper’s Wood a hundred years and never find its heart.
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to dazzle me with that line. Do something different, unexpected. Competition here is tough. I know some kickass writers, but more than half the winners have been people I don’t know. I really mean it when I say the contest is open to anyone and everyone has a chance to win.
Detailed rules for those who missed them. I will learn how the cut tag works with the crossposter by next month. Promise.
A few rules:
1. A paragraph or first stanza means just that. Not two, not three or a fat epic, one paragraph or stanza of reasonable length.
1a. Only one entry per person, per contest.
1b. The same person can only win once in any three month period.
2. I’m not going to censor what people write. That…annoys me. All I ask is that you keep your entry to no more than an R rating, tops.
3. However, comma, I reserve the right to delete entries containing slurs of any kind. Respect is a good thing. I encourage it.
4. Marshall can enter, but he can’t win. Anyone else, published or otherwise, is welcome to try for the prize.
5. I reserve the right to use any line I post in a story sometime in the future. I probably won’t, but best to cover my bases. Your story or poem would be totally different in any case.
6. All entrants are encouraged to write whole stories or poems using the line and go forth and sell them. Just don’t post more than the first paragraph or stanza here.