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.
He loved how he could feel the presence of their mysteries seeping through the walls, a magical feeling that hummed of belonging, warmth, and adventure.
Miranda Lorensen was about to watch her brother die--again.
My collapse began with a message on my voicemail.
My idolized big brother came running upstairs, but he was too late.
Nigel the cowboy was a klutz.
Norman Mark was a politician with skeletons in his closet -- literally.
OK, so I'm not the tallest or the slimmest girl you've ever seen, maybe not even much of a girl anymore...thirtyish, you know...thirty...ish.
On the morning of October 29th, 1929, my father accompanied me as I walked to school.
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!