UPDATE: TIME’S UP!! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED
After the deluge I mean success of the Stupendously Ultimate First Line Challenge, and after seeing so many wonderful first lines, I couldn’t help but wonder — what came next??
Well. Now’s your chance to fire off more than just a sentence. This week’s contest is THE LARGELY INDISPENSABLE FIRST PARAGRAPH CHALLENGE!! (aka the sensation that’s sweeping the nation) Who can write the best opening to a book EVER?
The guidelines (subject to change upon a whim):
1) All may participate. First paragraphs can be from your work in progress or one you made up solely for the purposes of the challenge. Your choice. Please limit yourself to three (3) entries.
2) Leave your first paragraph in the comments section. Paragraphs stretching on and on into infinity will be judged, well, not necessarily with impunity but definitely with hearty skepticism.
3) Entries may be made between now and Wednesday evening Pacific time. On Thursday nominees will be announced and voting will commence, and the winner will be announced on Monday.
4) After the fantastically generous help of Anne Dayton in the SUFLC, I’ve enlisted the other half of Good Girl Lit, May Vanderbilt, to help me judge this week’s contest. (Because Good Girls make good judges.)
5) Spreading the word about the challenge by means of the Internet is encouraged. Let’s make this one the most largely indispensible ever. 700 entries? 10,000? A BILLION? Bring it!! I’m ready.
6) Oh yes, and the prizes. The winner will receive a partial mansucript critique from yours truly and a copy of one of my client’s books (your choice!). Runners-up will win, as always, my everlasting admiration and the satisfaction of a job well done. Oh, and a query critique as well. (yes, prizes for the runners-up! I’ve gone soft in my old age.)
Annnd that should cover it! Please keep checking back because new rules may be announced without notice.
Good luck! Only one paragraph can win. Who will it be?