“Best First” Writing Contest Open for Submissions!

Yesterday, I introduced award-winning author of the Threads West, An American Saga, series, Reid Lance Rosenthal.

Reid has generously agreed to act as the sole judge the “Best First” Contest, and is including a critique to the winner!

Now, without further ado, let’s get to the contest details…

Entrants shall enter the first sentence to any novel they’ve completed, but haven’t published.

If you’ve written more than one novel you can enter the first sentence from each—just complete separate entries for each one.

Entries should include author’s name, title of novel, genre, and first sentence. (Use my example below as a guideline.)

Christi Corbett

Along the Way Home

Historical Western Romance

Every Wednesday Kate stood on the same front porch, her hand poised inches from the door, willing herself to do the unthinkable—walk away without knocking.

All genres accepted.

Enter your sentence in the comments section of this post.

Contest deadline is June 22nd, 2012 at 11:59 pm PDT (Pacific Daylight Time).

Winners will be announced when Reid is done judging :)

Prizes are amazing, and as follows…

Grand Prize Winner will receive a critique of their first page of their novel from Reid, AND books one and two of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West and Maps of Fate.

First Runner Up will receive a package of writing goodies (chosen by me and I always include great stuff!) AND books one and two of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West and Maps of Fate.

Second Runner Up will receive book one of Reid’s Threads West, An American Saga, series…Threads West.  

Best wishes!

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73 thoughts on ““Best First” Writing Contest Open for Submissions!

  1. Moriah Densley
    “Mind Tamer”
    Paranormal Romance

    He almost ignored the sound, but the reverb made him pause – one mind in the crowd, echoing an unfiltered pastiche of every mental voice in a twenty-foot radius.

      • Good to meet you , Reid. I was reluctant to submit, because the staccato of the openings of two mysteries I am currently editing are actually more than “one” sentence and I didn’t want to cheat :)

        However, a writer of a Western saga, might at least enjoy something on the extreme side of the country … Brooklyn, New York where they both take place. Ah, what the heck :):) I have been a rule bender most of my life anyway. Enjoy:

        ONE: The opening of a mystery series featuring a photo journalist … Framed in Black and White:

        Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, 1967 … Toni loved the colors of darkness, found comfort in their shadows. The thrill of watching an image rise, draped in red light, rising from the primordial soup, a face, a hand, life beginning, images stolen, moments frozen, forever still in her hands.

        TWO: My first attempt at romantic suspense, Deadly Puzzles, which I am using in an editing class with Margie Lawson this month:

        January, Bath Beach, Brooklyn … Over the New Year, a steady snowfall blanketed the city and dropped twelve inches of white powder, snarled holiday traffic, and delayed citywide school openings.

  2. Wooohooo! I’m FINALLY here to submit my entry! Ugh, after 48ish hours without power, and three ponies to haul water for… anyhoo, here’s mine:

    Artemis Grey
    EVERNOW
    YA Dystopian

    Life is so much easier without underwear.

  3. Sharon Hunter
    Pieces of the Heart
    Romance
    (Not published, still editing)

    His over heard phone conversation seared at my heart, branding me with a new burning scar.

  4. Fun contest! Thanks to you both for doing it. Love the first line above about Life being easier without underwear. That sounds hilarious. This contest makes me realize that most of my first lines need work!

    Trish Loye Elliott
    Grave Secrets
    YA Paranormal

    Maxine MacCauley hated the dark.

  5. Violet Ingram
    DEATH BY HIGH HEELS
    Mystery

    Cops hate it when you vomit all over their crime scene – a mistake I had no desire to repeat.

  6. ONE: The opening of a mystery series featuring a photo journalist … Framed in Black and White:

    Toni loved the colors of darkness, found comfort in their shadows; the thrill of watching an image rise, draped in red light, rising from the primordial soup, a face, a hand, life beginning, images stolen, moments frozen, forever still in her hands.

  7. I have seperated my two sentences so you can forward them on in two different entries. How’s that, Christi ??

    TWO: My first attempt at romantic suspense, Deadly Puzzles, which I am using in an editing class with Margie Lawson this month:

    Over the New Year, a steady snowfall blanketed the city and dropped twelve inches of white powder, snarled holiday traffic, and delayed citywide school openings.

    • Florence,

      Perfect! I’ll be compiling all the entries into a word document for Reid, so you’re all set now.

      Thanks for visiting!

      Christi

  8. Talynn Lynn
    Only One Time
    YA Paranormal Suspense

    A man’s hand reached out from the smoky plated glass mirror and caressed River on the cheek.

  9. Great then! I have one more. The sequel to one of the earlier entries:)

    Talynn Lynn
    Hope’s Refuge
    Historical Fiction

    Rain pelted down, splattering the mud-covered mound of dirt plastering Isabel’s grave.

  10. Sherry Isaac
    A Woman’s Place
    Suspense

    Yesterday morning, an Alabama arm of the Ku Klux Klan had planted a box of dynamite under the stairs of a Baptist church while twenty-odd Negro children listened to a sermon.

  11. I love reading everyone’s first sentence. Good luck to all of the entrants!

    Sheila Seabrook
    Terms of Surrender
    Contemporary Romance

    Reduce anger, establish rapport, and don’t shoot the SOB until the hostages are in the clear.

  12. Carrie-Anne Brownian
    The Very First
    Lower YA historical fiction, social satire

    Cinnimin Filliard reached for the candy bowl on her father’s desk and popped a handful of gumdrops into her mouth.

  13. Carrie-Anne Brownian
    You Cannot Kill a Swan: The Love Story of Lyuba and Ivan
    Historical fiction, saga

    Instead of walking to St. Basil’s Cathedral to marry his dream girl, Iván Ivánovich Konev is crying his eyes out in a broom closet.

  14. Carrie-Anne Brownian
    And Jakob Flew the Fiend Away
    Upper YA historical fiction, Bildungsroman

    Jakob DeJonghe looked away from a German soldier as he and his mother Luisa headed home from the Waterlooplein market.

  15. Sharon Hunter
    “The Winter Solstice”
    Paranormal Romance

    The full moon glistened over the empty bay intriguing my memories, mystic power, pure shimmer, glad they me moved here.

  16. Sharon Hunter
    “The Rancher’s Wife”
    Contemporary Romance

    After attending this overrated culinary convention, the highlight of my day awaited me, a night out on Bourbon Street.

  17. Rick Lippincott

    It was a Dark and Stormy Night Series:
    “The Sicilian Connection”

    Mystery/Detective

    The small 12 footer was tossed about the waves like a yellow rubber duck in a tub full of sumo wrestlers.

      • You would have to read the rest of the paragraph – I think that sometimes we use too much description. I like to have Constant Reader use more of their imagination to complete the picture.

        Look for a second submission this weekend.

        I do appreciate the feedback!

        Rick

        • I’m going to jump in with a quick reminder that the contest ends tonight at 11:59 (Pacific Daylight Time). I’d hate to see your entry disqualified because you got it in late :(

          Christi

      • Reid – I want to thank you for getting me on the podium. I agreed with your choice for First Place. I would have picked that one myself. If you would like to read my opening to see how the first sentence fit. my blog is rrlippincott@wordpress.com.

        I did enjoy your novels. In fact, my winnings, they made their way out to Colorado to my father who has really enjoyed them. Ciao.

        Rick

  18. Artemis Grey
    Thornbriar
    YA Fairy Tale Retelling

    The first arrow would have killed Beauty if she had not been lucky enough to trip over her injured coachman.

  19. D.C. Menard

    Dangerous Waters

    Epic Fantasy

    ‘They had come at night, setting fires that flickered through the windows and leaving death and destruction in their wake.’

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