Before I announce the winner, I’d like to first just take another moment to appreciate the amazing entries — the voting was very close and there were plenty of write-ins, which just goes to show how difficult (and subjective) it is to pull a favorite from so many great entries.
But we do have a winner. And yes, the first line is stupendously ultimate.
The Winner of the First Annual (and Probably Last For a While Until I Have Taken a Vacation or At Least Have a Week Where I Don’t Stare At a Computer Screen for 16 Hours a Day) Stupendously Ultimate First Line Challenge is……
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“That summer, the arsonist struck every home on the block but ours.” — jeanne
Congratulations, jeanne! You have won yourself a partial manuscript critique. If you need one. I really want to find out why the arsonist spared that house.
Also, I think we have ourselves a little arsonist zeitgeist in the book industry right now — not only was jeanne’s first line the most voted-on entry, but the very critically acclaimed book AN ARSONIST’S GUIDE TO WRITERS’ HOMES IN NEW ENGLAND just came out this month. Coincidence? Well, the fire department sure hopes it is.
We’ll be back with regular programming tomorrow. Thanks again for participating!