If you already put forward an opening line last month, I have your entry (if you're not sure, or you need a reminder, let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org). If not, feel free to throw your hat in the ring now.
The 2013 Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line
Everyone knows a great opening 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 and a free copy of my book, Fur-Face, as well as a couple of my I are a writer! pens.
How can I enter?
If you'd like to take part, you can submit up to three opening lines. They can be from finished stories or WiPs, but please note: they must be your own work. Put your entries in a comment below or send them to me within a separate LJ message (or email: email@example.com) under the heading: 2012 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 directly 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 still enter?
Sure, but you’ll need an LJ account to vote for anything. If you enter by non-LJ comment don't forget to give your name and website/email address so I can contact you if needed.
Do you plan to enter your own stuff, Jon?
No. I've excluded myself from the competition.
How will the winner be selected?
As in previous years, entries will be voted on by your 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 2013 Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards for Best Opening Line, please submit your entries by 8pm (US/Eastern time), on Thursday, January 31st, 2013.
ETA: Entry doors are now closed. Watch out for the qualifying rounds, coming February 2013