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.
In the purple of dawn, the Saint's Road glittered like a constellation bound to earth.
"It's not my fault I'm American", the dog whined as he watched tanks rolling down the street.
It was a late June night on Bourbon Street and still hot, the air sultry with the scents of beer and food and warm bodies.
I was in a puke green Volkswagen bus heading to the underworld surrounded by murderers, widows and mothers of missing children.
Last night, I dreamed of the drowned man again.
Lee hated shopping.
Long, long ago, before the Nguni people graced the African plains, a great drought visited the lands between the Limpopo and Tugela rivers.
The Martian twilight had deepened to the point where Joe Engels no longer trusted himself to keep his Norton Warmonger on the blacktop.
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!