The First Line 2022 First (and Last) Line Contest

The deadline has passed, and we're sorting through your sentences. We'll be back soon.


We just realized we haven't let you guys come up with the first or last lines in a couple of years, so now is your chance.

You have until September 15, 2021, to submit three original, unpublished first lines and one original, unpublished last line for consideration. The winners will receive $100 and five copies of the issue inspired by your first or last line.

And just because we can, we're giving away 22 one-year PDF subscriptions. Everyone who sends us an entry will have a chance to win a free one-year PDF subscription to The First Line.


1. Sentences must be your ORIGINAL, previously unpublished creations.
2. You may submit up to three (3) first lines and one (1) last line for consideration.
3. Send entries to: Please send them in the body of the email, not in an attachment.
4. Please include your email, name, and phone number.
5. All entries must be received by 6 p.m. (EST) on September 15, 2021.

And, as always, there's NO entry fee.

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