2022 First Lines:

Spring:
Rayna sat in front of the mirror removing her makeup and wondered who she would discover underneath.
Due date: February 1, 2022

Summer:
Thomas hadn't expected to be alive when the town's time capsule was opened.
Due date: May 1, 2022

Fall:
Lily unlocked the back door of the thrift store using a key that didn't belong to her.
Due date: August 1, 2022

Winter:
When he died, their father had two requests.
Due date: November 1, 2022

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:

November 19

Still reading, but . . .

We've got a new episode of TFL on Tape . . . David reads Julie Haase's flash fiction, "An Uninvited Upgrade." Listen here: TFLonTape.

And the winners are . . . Thanks to everyone who submitted. The winners of the 2022 First and Last Line contest are here.

The fall issue is now available . . . Find out what we did with all those bodies:

Vol. 23, Iss. 3:
"What should we do with the body?"

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00

 

Summer's here . . . The summer issue is available:

Vol. 23, Iss. 2:
Lena was raised on violin lessons and minimal parental supervision.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00

 

Spring's here . . . You can order a copy here:

Vol. 23, Iss. 1:
Darryl slid three quarters into the vending machine and weighed his options.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00

 

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

The 2021 Last Line: Check out the last line for 2021. Don't forget to submit.

 

Subscriptions:

Print (4 TFLs/1 TLL)
$20.00

PDF (4 TFLs/1 TLL)
$6.00

 

We've still got copies of the 2020 issues:

Vol. 22, Iss. 1:
Ravi had just worked a double shift and was having trouble keeping his eyes open.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00

 

Vol. 22, Iss. 2:
The door was locked.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00

 

Vol. 22, Iss. 3:
The Simmons Public Library was a melting pot of the haves and have-nots, a mixture of homeless people and the wealthy older residents of the nearby neighborhood.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF (US Only): $3.00

 

Vol. 22, Iss. 4:
Loud music filled the room, making it hard to hear anything else.

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF (US Only): $3.00

 

2019 issues (our 20th anniversary) are still available:

Vol. 21, Iss. 4

Print (US Only): $10.00

PDF: $3.00

 

Vol. 21, Iss. 3

Print (US Only): $10.00

PDF: $3.00

 

Vol. 21, Iss. 2

Print (US Only): $10.00

PDF: $3.00

 

Vol. 21, Iss. 1

Print (US Only): $10.00

PDF: $3.00

 

Back issues are available here.

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.

Our other literary adventure: We also have the second issue of The Last Line, as well as the new last line for next year here...The Last Line

The Revolution will be Digitized (sort of): You can purchase TFL subscriptions for your Kindle. Check out the Kindle Magazine Store for more information.

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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