2024 First Lines:

"Thank you for taking the time to meet with me today."
Due date: May 1, 2024

When she was eight, Alice Henderson briefly held the world record for filling her mouth with marbles.
Due date: August 1, 2024

The parking lot was empty.
Due date: November 1, 2024

Remember, all stories must start with the appropriate first line, and you cannot change it in any way unless otherwise indicated.

What's New At The First Line:

Feb 2

We're reading . . . Back in just a bit . . .


Kindle subscriptions are back! . . . kind of . . . Click here to receive issues of TFL on your favorite electronic reading device.


Going north . . . The winter issue is still available:

Vol. 25, Iss. 4:
It was the farthest north they had ever been.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00


And . . .

We've got a new episode of TFL on Tape . . . David reads Michael Salop's story, "Herbert." Listen here: TFLonTape.

And . . .

Writers, get your keyboards ready . . . We've posted the 2024 first (and last) lines.


Print (4 TFLs/1 TLL)

PDF (4 TFLs/1 TLL)


The fall 2023 issue is still available:

Vol. 25, Iss. 3:
As soon as Harriet entered the building, she headed to the seventh floor.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00

The summer 2023 issue is still available:

Vol. 25, Iss. 2:
All the lawns on Mentone Avenue are mowed on Wednesdays.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00

The spring 2023 issue is still available:

Vol. 25, Iss. 1:
I am the second Mrs. Roberts.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00

Back issues are available here.

We have Publish or Perish T-shirts: Click here to view and order.

The 2024 Last Line: Check out the last line for 2024. Don't forget to submit.

International update . . . We're updating our policy for international hard copy subscriptions and individual issue orders. You can read about it here.

NPR . . . Just in case you missed David's interview with All Things Considered, give a listen here.

More Pencils, More Books . . . If you're a teacher we'd love to be a part of your curriculum. Click here for more information.

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