The First Line – Free Issue!

   Posted by: Faith   in Rye Thoughts

I’ve posted about this little journal before, but since it’s been a long time, I thought I’d mention it again…

first line The First Line is a literary journal based around a simple premise: All the stories in each issue start with the same first line.

Authors are asked to submit short stories using that first line as the (duh) first line of their story, and it’s often fascinating to see how differently writers use that line and how the stories diverge so drastically from that basic starting point!

It’s a lot of fun to write with a prompt, and if you’ve never tried it before, here’s your chance!

The next first line for the Summer 2011 issue is: “We need to talk.” Submissions are due on May 1st. Don’t be put off by the ‘literary’ heading, either – they accept submissions in all genres, in an effort to make the publication as eclectic as possible. :)

And even better (and the reason why I’m posting), until March 13th, The First Line is offering a free pdf of their Spring 2011 issue, to celebrate 13 years of being in print!

Yay, free stuff! And if you’re thinking of writing for them, what better way to learn the market than with a free sample issue, right?

Why not give it a shot? And if you’ve read this journal before (or been published in it before), share your thoughts!

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7 comments so far


Oh, I bet it’s hilarious!

March 9th, 2011 at 1:31 pm

OMG this sounds like so much fun. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks.
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March 9th, 2011 at 1:46 pm
susan b

Thanks for the heads-up. This sounds interesting!

March 10th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

Hi Faith,

Just wanted to stop by and say thank you for the thoughtful comment you left on my ‘Author Vs Author’ post. It means a ton when readers (like you) take the time to share. It’s really why I write those kinds of posts.

Definitely going to check out this journal, btw. Sounds like too much fun!


March 12th, 2011 at 11:55 am

This sounds like a really great idea. I will check into it and maybe submit when I have more time on my plate. Thanks for the post.

March 13th, 2011 at 6:34 am

Thank you! I’ll check it out! Christy

March 14th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I wrote something for this last year, but never sent it off. The piece ended up being so far from my norm, but a ton of fun.

March 15th, 2011 at 2:10 pm