You have been waiting for years and years for this. Ok, two and a half days. And now it has arrived.
As stated in Friday’s post, the Stupendously Ultimate First Line Challenge’s rules will be ill-defined and the winners subjectively chosen, so let’s all just take a deep breath and agree that we will not get angry at the stupendously ultimate contest organizational committee (which has one member) and will enjoy this contest for the good hearty fun that it is — in fact, I’ve just been assured by the surgeon general that participation in this contest counts as three servings of vegetables.
The rules — er, on second thought let’s call them guidelines:
1) All may participate, whether agented or unagented, published or unpublished, living or unliving.
2) Leave in the comments section one (1) first line to a novel, memoir, work of nonfiction or other such matter intended to be the opening of a book — it may be your work in progress or something you have crafted for the purposes of the Stupendously Ultimate First Line Challenge. A second line may be included if it completes the first line, however aforementioned second line’s necessity will be judged with great scrutiny since this is a first line contest (and a stupendously ultimate one at that).
3) Entries may be made between now and sometime late Wednesday night Pacific time. In Thursday’s post I will put together a list of nominees for the grand prize and you the readers will have an opportunity to vote on the ultimate winner, which will be announced on Monday. (That is, if I can figure out how to enable voting.)
That’s it! New rules will be introduced haphazardly, so keep an eye on the comments section.
And now the prizes. The prizes!! The grand prize winner will receive the satisfaction of a job well done, the esteem of his/her fellow blog readers, and…… a partial manuscript critique from the stupendously ultimate contest organizational committee of one! (Or some other equally stupendously ultimate non-cash prize if the winner doesn’t need a manuscript critique.)
It was a dark and stormy night. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times… Who will add their first line to the ranks of the greatest opening lines in literature? Let’s find out.