2019 First Lines:

To celebrate twenty years of publication, we're going to revisit the past. There are no new first lines for 2019. Each issue will contain original works based on past first lines.

Were you inspired by the fall 2008 first line (Roy owned the only drive-thru funeral business in Maine.) but didn't see the sentence until 2015? Or maybe you started writing a story for the spring 2005 issue (Life would be so much easier if I were a cartoon character.) But you never got around to submitting it. Or maybe you sent us a story that just missed the cut and you reworked it and want to try us again. Well, now is your chance to make up for missed opportunities.

The following is the schedule of first lines for the 2019 issues (click the season to see the entire list of first lines for each issue):

Fall 2019
All submissions must begin with one first line from:
Volume 11, Issue 1 to Volume 15, Issue 4.
Due date: August 1, 2019

Winter 2019
All submissions must begin with one first line from:
Volume 16, Issue 1 to Volume 20, Issue 4.
Due date: November 1, 2019

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:

June 23

Hot off the press (almost) . . . The summer issue has been ordered and will be shipped to mailboxes and stores on July 1. For a limited time, you can preorder a hard copy at our postage-free price of $8.00.

Vol. 22, Iss. 2

Print: $8.00

PDF: $3.00


Spring is still here. . . The spring issue is now available.

Vol. 21, Iss. 1

Print: $10.00

PDF: $3.00



Print (4 issues)

Print (4 issues) - International

PDF (4 issues)


Back issues are available here.

TFL on Tape: Robin reads Amy Griswold's story, "Living History." Give a listen here: TFLonTape.

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.

Other Pages of Interest:

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