Announcing the Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line
Everyone knows a great first line is an excellent way to pull someone into a story, but now it can bring you fame and fortune too!
Okay, maybe not fame, and to be honest, not fortune either, but it can win you a Meager Puddle of Limelight Award as well as a free, signed copy of my book, Fur-Face, as well as a couple of I are a writer! pens, as shown in the pic below.
How can I enter?
If you'd like to take part, you can submit up to three opening lines (max 25 words each please). They can be from finished stories or WIPs of any length, but please note: they must be your own work. Put your entries in a comment below or send them to me within a separate message (or email: email@example.com) under the heading: 2011 PUDDLE FOR BEST OPENING LINE. I'll screen all comments when the contest submission period closes. Be sure to check your spelling because your entry will be cut & pasted into the poll.
What do I win?
Aside from a signed copy of Fur-Face and the I are a writer! pens, winners get to bask in the meager puddle of limelight which my journal can provide. I'll post an interview with the top three finalists here on An Englishman in New Jersey. In addition, the overall winner gets the opportunity to do a guest blog here if he/she wishes.
I don’t have a Live Journal account. Can I enter?
Sure, but you’ll need an LJ account to vote for anything. And don't forget to give your name and website/email address if you enter by anonymous comment so I can contact you if needed.
Do you plan to enter your own stuff, Jon?
As with the Best Title Awards I've excluded myself from the competition.
How will the winner be selected?
As with last year's contest, entries will be voted on by your LJ peers in secret ballots. I'll explain the process in more detail later.
What’s the closing date for entries?
To be considered for the 2011 Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards for Best Opening Line, please submit your entries by noon (US/Eastern time), on Sunday, November 27th, 2011.
Once the entry doors are closed, comments will be screened until after the winner is announced.
Links to the qualifying Heats
Sure, the Puddles may not be as prestigious as a Hugo or the like, but any award voted for by your peers is one worth having. Besides, just like those shiny diamonds people like to sing about, bragging rights are forever.
Good luck to all who take part, or as previous entrants like to say:
Vene, vidi, puddli!