Blue Cubicle Press, LLC is reading submissions for another issue of The First Line (est. 1999), a quarterly print literary journal that helps writers ignite their creativity. The new “first line” prompt for the Fall 2017 issue is: “Frank Rooney had been the manager of the Shop & Save for thirty-eight years, and he wasn’t retiring anytime soon.” Writers must use the first line “as is” and write a fiction story based on it.
Recommended word length for fiction is 300 to 5K words.
The editor also welcomes non-fiction expositions about a favorite first line from a significant literary story or book. Word length: and 500-800 words.
Payment, on publication, is $25-$50/fiction story, $5-$10/poem, and $25/non-fiction story. All genres are eligible. David LaBounty is Editor.
Deadline is August 1, 2017. Learn how to submit here