The First Line is a quarterly literary magazine featuring diverse stories that all begin with the same sentence. For the winter 2018/2019 issue, the first line should be “As she trudged down the alley, Cenessa saw a small _________________. [Fill in the blank.]”
The editors like to have a representation from lots of different genres as well as literary fiction, so go wild!
Submitting to The First Line
- Publisher: The First Line
- Publication type: Literary magazine/periodical
- Word count: 300–5,000 words
- Payment: $25–$50/story, $5–$10/poem
- Deadline: Nov. 1, 2018
- Format: Microsoft Word or Word Perfect for electronic submissions; postal submissions are also accepted
- Will they take simultaneous or multiple submissions? No simultaneous submissions, but they will consider multiple submissions. Read more about multiple and simultaneous submissions.
- Will they take reprints? No.
To learn more about The First Line and read the full submission guidelines, please visit The First Line—Submission Guidelines.
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