There are eight heats in all. The winners (or joint winners) from heats one to seven go straight through. The second place finishers battle it out in heat eight to see which title joins the others in the final round.
What's at stake?
Bragging rights for the winner? An interview and/or guest post here on An Englishman in New Jersey, as well as signed copy of my book, Fur-Face, and a couple of I are a writer! pens, as shown in the pic below.You'll need an LJ account to vote, but they're free).
From the following list, please select any opening lines which you think should progress to the final round.
The bent second hand swept around the clock's face, trailing arcs of crimson.
Damn faulty contraceptives and damn Thomas Rodgers, she had a war to fight, an election to manipulate and she did not need to be pregnant.
A dragon is difficult.
The first words Henry Woods heard after his execution were, “You took long enough to get here.”
Flush from the battle and wine and the victory celebrations, Arthur strode through the camp and back to his tent.
For a business executive John Baldrian Arnistar was highly irregular.
He felt like he was living two lives, one taking steps on the earth and one in a built up dream world of his unconscious.
The girl balanced the holocam on a broken wall and started to record.
Links to the qualifying Heats
Voting in Heats 1 through 7 will close on Wednesday, December 28th 2011 at 6:00pm (US/Eastern). Heat eight will take place soon after.
Good luck to all who take part! Vene, vidi, puddli!