Here's the total deal:
In an email with the subject line: FIRST SENTENCE CONTEST, send us the opening line of your novel.
Format of email: Opening sentence, genre, finished or unfinished novel, brief synopsis (think back of a book) if you can come up with one easily. That's it. Send to flourishediting at gmail.com. Remember the correct subject line, or it might get lost in our inbox.
Does it have to be a finished novel? Well, we have no real way of knowing, but if it's a sentence you made up out of context, it may or may not be good. So please have at least half the novel written before you send the sentence.
Any genre of fiction; memoir is also acceptable.
Top three entries will receive a free critique of their first chapter and we will post the top three first sentences here with authors' names.
We will also post a list of reasons why the sentences submitted were most commonly eliminated. This information will be anonymous and without actual sentences, but may be helpful to you as you hone your manuscripts.
DEADLINE: January 30th. Sentences will be judged by February 7th. Rewards will be awarded by February 14th.
Send us your sentences!