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. 2000. 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. Samples available online. Subscription – print $20 in U.S.; $35 foreign; electronic $6/year. (All subscriptions include a free issue of The Last Line.) Guidelines online at http://www.thefirstline.com/submission.htm.
See guidelines. Pays $25-$50/stories of 300-5000 words; $25 for essays of 400-800 words; $5-$10 for poetry. Submit complete manuscript per their guidelines.
Pays $25-$50/stories of 300-5000 words; $25 for essays of 400-800 words; $5-$10 for poetry
“Common mistakes are not reading our guidelines. Advice – Write with honesty. Enjoy what you do. Have fun.”
Welcomes New Writers: Yes