ThrillerFest XIII • July 10 – 14, 2018 • Grand Hyatt • New York City

Best First Sentence Contest

You can enter at the Best First Sentence Contest by emailing you entry to The deadline for entries is June 15, 2018. You may only submit one entry.  To qualify to enter, you must be an ITW member or registered for ThrillerFest 2018.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at the CraftFest luncheon.  Any winners not in attendance will be notified shortly thereafter.  Thanks for your entry, and good luck!



ThrillerFest XII (July 2017)

F. Paul Wilson
Winner: Dorothy McFalls
Alexandrina Boniface, the little girl with the midnight black hair, should have been exactly like the other giggly nine-year-old girls in Paris, but she wasn’t–not quite–and that seemed to trouble everyone who knew her.

Steven James
Winner: Kyle Steele
Tommy squatted by the cage, studied the woman, and wondered what he’d done to deserve such a fine gift from the preacher man.

Grant Blackwood
Winner: Ray Daniel
There is tremendous freedom in being a terrible person.

D.P. Lyle:
Winner: Susan Klaus
Jake, I ain’t diggin’ no hole when the gator will take care of him.

Steve Berry:
Winner: Guy Bolling
She was the kind of woman who never wore a bra and always carried a gun.

Gayle Lynds:
Winner: Emily Littlejohn
Josiah Grey drowned in the desert.

Lee Child:
Winner: Tim Lees
I used to be in the Beatles.

Meg Gardiner:
Winner: Paul Levine
Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client.

Donald Maass:
Winner: Lea Storry
I’ve been told Earth once had four seasons.

Andy Gross:
Winner: Kolin Mofield
Not all drag queens are gay and rarely do you find one dead in a sushi bar.