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Announcing the Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line

 

What's this about?
Everyone knows a great first 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, certainly not fortune), but it can win you an award - a Meager Puddle of Limelight Award to be precise.

How can I enter?
If you'd like to take part, you can submit up to three opening lines (max 25 words each please). They can be from finished stories or WIPs but they must be your own work. Please put them in a comment below (they don't have to be seperate) or if you prefer, you can send them to me within a seperate message.  I'll screen the comments when the contest submission period closes.

What do I win?
Aside from the envy and admiration of your peers, 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 enter?
Sure, but you’ll need an LJ account to vote for anything. And don't forget to give your name if you enter by anonymous comment.

Do you plan to enter your own stuff, Jon?
As with the Best Title Awards I've excluded myself from the competition.

How will the winner be selected?
As with the
Best Title contest earlier this year, entries will be voted on by your LJ peers. I'll explain the process in more detail later.

What’s the closing date for entries?

To be considered for the 2009 Meager Puddle of Limelight Awards for ‘Best Opening Line’ please submit your entries by 11:59pm, Friday, November 13th (US/Eastern time).


Sure, the Puddles may not be as prestigious as a Hugo or the like, but any award voted for by your peers is one worth having. Besides, just like those shiny diamonds people like to sing about, bragging rights are forever.

Voting's started.  You can find the four qualifying rounds here:
Round one; Round two; Round three; Round four 


The qualifier polls all close on Sunday November 29th (11:59 US/Eastern)




 


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tchernabyelo
Nov. 3rd, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
Entry number 1 for me:

The hills above Paradise were burning the day the man with no heart came to town.


More (probably) later as I check through my inventory :)
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I wish you luck :)
ghostposts
Nov. 3rd, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
When the king’s guards hanged my master I thought I would starve. "I'm fifteen years old," I muttered to my master's corpse.
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)
Nice :)
xjenavivex
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:00 pm (UTC)
It only took them three days to die.
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Oh I like that one :)
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xjenavivex
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
At least the rabbit had the good sense to make an exit before the arrival.
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
Intriguing :)
xjenavivex
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:02 pm (UTC)
I've never had to ask a second time.
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:08 pm (UTC)
Another good one. I wish you luck :)
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jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
That certainly puts a question in the reader's head.

Thanks for taking part :)
xjenavivex
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
Will you post about the contest in Lobo_Luna?
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:25 pm (UTC)
Sure, if that's okay with you :)
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mary_j_59
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:17 pm (UTC)
Probably not!
I think I have a dynamite first chapter, not so much a dynamite first line. But, just for the heck of it, here it is:

The boy nodded sharply at the girl holding the holocam and began to speak a second after she started to record.
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Probably not!
Thanks for taking part.

A holocam, eh. When is this set?
mary_j_59
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
And the first line to the next chapter:
His name, Kiril, meant "true or loyal servant". His clan was the sheltering tree.
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:29 pm (UTC)
Re: And the first line to the next chapter:
Strictly speaking, this should be the opening line of the whole story, but I guess a chapter opening is okay.
Re: And the first line to the next chapter: - jongibbs - Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:49 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: And the first line to the next chapter: - jongibbs - Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
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jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry, that should have read twenty-five words. My bad :(
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jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Re: And one from a short story I wrote for fun-
That one certainly piqued my curiosity :)
bondo_ba
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:22 pm (UTC)
I'm a gimp. I don't get out much.
(Opening line of the story "Basement Days", published in Demon Minds print issue in October 2008.
jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Nice one, Gustavo :)
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jongibbs
Nov. 3rd, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Thanks :)
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xjenavivex
Nov. 3rd, 2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
Nice!
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