First Line Writing Contest

Here’s a contest with a February 1 deadline that gives us a first line prompt. If your story is selected, you will be paid $30 and published online and in a chapbook. This is a great opportunity to write something different and submit (without a fee). My friend once won a $5,000 prize with a contest just like this. Although prize amounts of that size are very unusual, perhaps this contest will help hone your skills for another contest that pays more. But then, it’s not really about the money, is it? It is about writing and the joy it brings. So write! Submit! And have fun. Thanks again to Hope Clark’s newsletter for this great contest opportunity.


Spring Prompt:
“There are a few things you need to know before we start.”
Due date: February 1, 2012. Remember, all stories must start
with the appropriate first line, and you cannot change it
in any way unless otherwise indicated. Stories chosen are
paid $30 and published online and in a chapbook by The
First Line. The story should be between 300 and 3,000 words.
We are open to all genres. We try to make TFL as eclectic
as possible. Also pays $20 for essays.


  1. Pat Solstad
    Jan 2, 2012

    Love your notices…

    • affoster22
      Jan 2, 2012

      Thanks, Pat. It’s nice to hear you enjoy them.

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