With apologies for the delay, I can now confirm that the 2009, Meager Puddle of Limelight Award for Best Opening Line goes to…
E. F. Watkins
Here’s a list of the ten finalists in descending order (In the case of a tie, I used the qualifying votes to decide which came higher).
1: Without meaning to, Camilla Torres had picked a good place to die.
E F Watkins
2: Every morning I ask myself the same question: would I be happier now if I'd never sailed off the edge of the world?
3: There wasn't enough L'Oreal on the planet to cover her white trash roots.
4: Clinton Folk stood in the doorway of the Theatre of Curious Acts and looked out at the end of the world.
5: Max woke up inside his kennel, unplugged his tail from the wall, and ran an automatic systems check.
6: You know how some women can get any man into trouble just by walking into a bar?
7: Some say the dead don't care, but they do.
8: A dead girl invited Matthias to dinner.
9: George Lasenius shipped me to Mars in a lead crate.
10: Even hiding under my bed, armed and silent in the darkness, Cupid got me; I never even saw him coming.
Congratulations to the top three, I’ll be in touch with your interview questions soon, and a hat tip to all the other finalists, in particular cloudscudding and jakobdrud who both had two opening lines in the last ten.
Thanks again to everyone who took part and/or voted.
I hope you had fun. We'll do it again next year.