First Line 2022 First (and Last) Line Contest
UPDATE - SEPTEMBER 16:
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15, 2021, to submit three original, unpublished first
lines and one original, unpublished last line for consideration.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
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be your ORIGINAL, previously unpublished creations.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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please send them in the body of the email, not in an
4. Please include your email, name, and phone number.
5. All entries must be received by 6 p.m. (EST) on September
And, as always,
there's NO entry fee.