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)