Best First Sentence Contest
To enter the 2024 Best First sentence contest, please email your submissions to BestFirstSentence@gmail.com
Winners will receive a critique from one of the Best First Sentence judges, our 2024’s Master Class Teachers. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 29th, 2024 at the CraftFest Luncheon and on social media. All winners will be notified shortly thereafter via email.
– Entry must be from your own published or unpublished work.
– You may only submit one entry.
– To qualify for entry you must be an ITW member and/or registered for ThrillerFest XIX (2024).
Thanks for your entry and good luck!
Scroll down to read the winners of the 2023 Best First Sentence contest.
2023 BEST FIRST SENTENCE WINNERS
Hokum McGee was drinking straight from the bottle now, and it wasn’t making him any nicer.
Names and places have been changed to protect the guilty, but the innocent will just have to fend for themselves.
I turned twelve and wanted a theme park so we toured Alcatraz, the Old Man saying, “the theme, kid, is don't get caught.”
There were two things Lina Rubis knew for sure: one, she wanted to be like her older sister Hope (well, not exactly like Hope, because Hope was dead), and two: she was in the trunk of a speeding car.
It took a lifetime to plan her death.
Her life was like a slot machine, always giving her less than she put in.
Quinn’s family always joked about death, but that summer, death stopped being funny.
Hank Phillipi Ryan:
Alex Mann pulled the heavy coat collar around his ears and once again cursed his government for not being in a cold war with Jamaica.
Faye and Jonathan Kellerman*
Larry D. Thompson
J. Jackson Bentley
Jack F. Du Brul*
Eric Van Lustbader*
D. P. Lyle M.D.*
Michael Palmer (2004-2013)*
Hank Phillippi Ryan
Susan Arnout Smith
Your Book Is Your Hook!
B. J. Daniels
Vince Flynn (2004-2013)*
Bonnie Hearn Hill*
Harley Jane Kozak
Dennis Lynds (2004-2005)*
Carl T. Smith*
M. Diane Vogt*
Inkwell Management, LLC*
*original member joined by June 4, 2005