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The Meager Puddle of Light Awards: Best Opening Line – And the nominations are…

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 Puddle for Best Opening Line (and a final apology for all the messing about I caused during the process).
Out of nearly seventy entries, ten made the final cut with at least fifteen votes each. Well done to one and all.

Without further ado, it’s time to select the winner.

Poll #1493468 The Meager Puddle of Light Awards: Best Opening Line
This poll is closed.

From the following list, please vote for the sentence which you feel should win this year’s Meager Puddle of Light Award for Best Opening Line:

You know how some women can get any man into trouble just by walking into a bar?
Without meaning to, Camilla Torres had picked a good place to die.
There wasn't enough L'Oreal on the planet to cover her white trash roots.
Some say the dead don't care, but they do.
Max woke up inside his kennel, unplugged his tail from the wall, and ran an automatic systems check.
George Lasenius shipped me to Mars in a lead crate.
Every morning I ask myself the same question: would I be happier now if I'd never sailed off the edge of the world?
Even hiding under my bed, armed and silent in the darkness, Cupid got me; I never even saw him coming.
Clinton Folk stood in the doorway of the Theatre of Curious Acts and looked out at the end of the world.
A dead girl invited Matthias to dinner.

This poll will close on Sunday, December 13th at 11:59pm (US/Eastern)

So, what's at stake here?
Aside from the envy and admiration of their peers, the top three finalists will get to dip their toes in the meager puddle of limelight which my journal can provide when I post an interview with each of them – assuming they’re still talking to me by then. In addition, the overall winner gets the offer of a guest blog spot, here on An Englishman in New Jersey, if he/she so wishes.

Congratulations to these honorable mentions (who just missed the finals with fourteen votes apiece):
Earthrise stretched shadows over the dusty pock-marked ground, lending a faint touch of indigo to the airless surface

I wonder sometimes, if I could have lived a perfectly normal life if I hadn't burned the roast.

Of the three planets that could summon me, the humans on the third planet were the rudest.

On my one-to-ten scale of rude awakenings, a leprechaun standing on my bedside table and urinating loudly into my ear is a definite Nine.

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

One last thought:
If you didn’t make the finals, but would like to know how many votes your opening line(s) got, let me know in the comments and I’ll send you the answer in a private message.

Happy voting, and thanks for taking part.

Tags: fiction, opening line, writing

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