Welcome to the fifth (of six) qualifying rounds to find the winner of this year's Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line.
Voting's a little different this time. Here's how it works:
The winners of rounds 1-5 automatically make the final. The 2nd place finishers go forward into Round 6 to battle it out for the last place in the final. In the case of a tie, the tied entries both (or all) go through.
From the following list, please select any opening lines which you think should progress to the final round
The phone rang. She looked at the clock. It was 4 AM!
The zombie philosopher came out of his cavern only when both the moons of Mars were below the horizon.
The twin suns rose over carmine cliffs to Azriel's east, a red glow casting long shadows in the valley below.
Three sure signs that my evening would not go as planned: a big black plume of smoke, six lanes of gridlocked interstate, and a complete lack of sirens.
Wallwalker could barely contain his anticipation.
What if the universe has a bottom?
“What the hell are you doing in New Orleans?
When I stole the newspaper, everything turned red.
When the devil first appeared on my right shoulder, he whispered suggestions into my ear that were, well, almost entirely unconscionable.
“Zombies,” Drew said, placing his tiles.
What's at stake?
Bragging rights for the winner.
An interview and/or guest post here on An Englishman in New Jersey.
An I are a writer! mug/Fur-Face CD combo.
You can vote for as many entries as you like in each round (you'll need an LJ account to vote, but they're free)..
If you haven't already voted in the other rounds, here's where you can find them:
Round one (click here)
Round two (click here)
Round three (click here)
Round four (click here)
Round six (not yet open)
Voting in Rounds 1 through five closes on Sunday December 4th 2010 at noon (US/Eastern).
Good luck to all who take part!