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First off, I’d like to say a big ‘Thank you’ to everyone who entered the competition and/or voted to select the finalists for this year's Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line.


The winners of the opening seven heats went straight through to the final, with the runners-up earning a second chance in heat eight.

Congratulations to these honorable mentions which got to the last fence, but didn't quite make the final:
I laid down on the tracks waiting for the 1:15 when a voice next to me said: Could you move up a bit? - Uta Burke
Robert Frost is an idiot. - Joan Stradling (aka aauthorwithin)
"It's not my fault I'm American", the dog whined as he watched tanks rolling down the street. - Adrian Sterling (aka raisinbottom)
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. - Alyssa Pitseleh (aka alyssapitseleh)
I was in a puke green Volkswagen bus heading to the underworld surrounded by murderers, widows and mothers of missing children. - Cole DeNardo
After three weeks of luxurious indolence, Bez was ready to become someone else. - Jaine Fenn (aka mmaeve_the_red)
They had come to loot a dead god's tomb; they'd discover that the dweller of the tomb was very much alive. - Christine Lucas (aka silverwerecat)
A dragon is difficult. - Charles Kiernan (aka chaz_tales)
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. - Bart Palamaro
A single word heralded the dawning of post-humanity. - Vaughan Stanger (aka vaughan_stanger)
She was sitting beside him on the moon, their feet dangling into the darkness of outer space and galactic stars. - Alyssa Pitseleh (aka alyssapitseleh)

Now it’s time to select the winner.
Poll #1810709 2011 Puddle for Best opening Line: Final Round
This poll is closed.

From the list below, select the entry you think deserves to win the 2011 Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line

At the beginning, you see, Time had not yet come into being.
5(6.5%)
The first words Henry Woods heard after his execution were, “You took long enough to get here.”
19(24.7%)
The goddamn robots were at it again
20(26.0%)
Last night, I dreamed of the drowned man again.
4(5.2%)
Miranda Lorensen was about to watch her brother die--again.
3(3.9%)
Nobody knew how and nobody knew why, but everywhere that Renee went the rain followed.
2(2.6%)
"Think of me as a time of year" whispered the raccoon, "like libraries in a late autumn afternoon."
18(23.4%)
You're all alone here, alone among the dead.
6(7.8%)

Links to the qualifying Heats
Heat one
Heat two
Heat three
Heat four
Heat five
Heat six
Heat seven
Heat eight

Final Round


Voting in this final round will close on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 6:00pm (US/Eastern).


Good luck to all who take part! Vene, vidi, puddli!

 



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msstacy13
Jan. 14th, 2012 02:37 pm (UTC)
I was going to ask if this got misplaced
in the hubbub and excitement of the new year.
But here it is...
:)
jongibbs
Jan. 14th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
I'm running a tad late this year :)
ailsa_cf
Jan. 16th, 2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
So many good lines to choose from! It was a pretty hard decision.
jongibbs
Jan. 17th, 2012 01:04 pm (UTC)
I know what you mean.

Thanks for taking part, Ailsa :)
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