2023 First Lines:

All the lawns on Mentone Avenue are mowed on Wednesdays.
Due date: May 1, 2023

As soon as Harriet entered the building, she headed
to the seventh floor.
Due date: August 1, 2023

It was the farthest north they had ever been.
Due date: November 1, 2023

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:

March 20

And here's to you, Mrs. Roberts . . . The new issue is available.

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

Print (US Only): $6.00

PDF: $3.00



Print (4 TFLs/1 TLL)

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We've got a new episode of TFL on Tape . . . David reads Halley Fehner's story, "Last Stand." Listen here: TFLonTape.

Back issues are available here.

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

The 2023 Last Line: Check out the last line for 2023. 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.

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

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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