THE FIRST LINE This unique journal can be found on the shelves of bookstores in over 20 states as well as several libraries.
Types of work accepted: Fiction: All stories must be written with the first line provided. The line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise noted by the editors. The story should be between 300 and 3,000 words. The sentences can be found on the home page of The First Line’s Web site, as well as in the prior issue. Non-Fiction: 500-800 word critical essays about your favorite first line from a literary work. All writers should include a two- to three-sentence biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine should their story run. Multiple submissions are accepted.
Submissions: We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. We accept stories in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments). Make sure your name and contact information, as well as your bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be sent to The First Line’s post office box. No manuscripts will be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient return postage. Here is the submission schedule for this year’s sentences: Spring Issue Deadline: February 1. Summer Issue Deadline: May 1. Fall Issue Deadline: August 1. Winter Issue Deadline: November 1.
Response: Notices are typically sent out within three to four weeks after the issues deadline.
Payment: Pay on publication $20.00 ( U.S.) for fiction and $10.00 ( U.S.) for nonfiction. A copy of the magazine in which your story or nonfiction appears will also be sent to you. You’ll receive your money and magazine at the same time.
Contact: The First Line P.O. Box 250382, Plano, Texas 75025-0382