Everything starts the same, but it all ends differently. The First Line is a print literary magazine that is unaffiliated, unfunded, unassuming, and works hard to be inspiring. Each year they offer four writing prompts. All pieces submitted must start with these lines. Where they go from there is dependent on you.
Check out the first lines slated for 2022 & consider taking up the challenge and writing a story. And don’t forget to check out their past issues.
“Rayna sat in front of the mirror removing her makeup and wondered who she would discover underneath.”
Due date: February 1, 2022
“Thomas hadn’t expected to be alive when the town’s time capsule was opened.”
Due date: May 1, 2022
“Lily unlocked the back door of the thrift store using a key that didn’t belong to her.”
Due date: August 1, 2022
“When he died, their father had two requests.”
Due date: November 1, 2022