The First Line
P.O. Box 250382
Plano TX 75025-0382
Editor: Robin LaBounty, Manuscript Coordinator
Email address: info-at-thefirstline.com
About The Publication:
“The purpose of The First Line is to jump start the imagination-to help writers break through the block that is the blank page. Each issue contains short stories that stem from a common first line; it also provides a forum for discussing favorite first lines in literature. The First Line is an exercise in creativity for writers and a chance for readers to see how many different directions we can take when we start from the same place.” 95% freelance. Welcomes new writers. Circ. . Quarterly. Pays on publication. Publishes ms approx. 1 month after acceptance. Buys all rights for 2 years only. No reprints. Responds to queries in 1 week. Sample online at
http://www.thefirstline.com/subscribe.htm. Subscription [$15]; $15 Canada/Mexico; $25 other, E-sub $5.
“Common mistakes are not reading our guidelines. Advice: Write with honesty. Enjoy what you do. Have fun.”
Pays $25-$50/stories of 300-5000 words; $25/essays of 400-800 words. Submit complete manuscript per their guidelines.
“Common mistakes are not reading our guidelines. Advice: Write with honesty. Enjoy what you do. Have fun. 2015 First Lines: Spring: “Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.” Due date: Feb 1, 2015 Summer: Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to. Due date: May 1, 2015 Fall: The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable. Due date: August 1, 2015 Winter: George pressed the call button and said, “Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor. Due date: November 1, 2015.”
Welcomes New Writers: Yes