Best First Sentence Contest


Enter our free and fun Best First Sentence Contest! Each winner will receive a 10-page critique from one of the teachers from Master Class.

The deadline for entries is May 1, 2023.

To enter the 2023 Best First sentence contest, please email your submissions to bestfirstsentence@gmail.com. You may only submit one entry. To qualify for entry you must be an ITW member or registered for ThrillerFest XVIII (2023). Winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 31st, 2023 at the CraftFest Luncheon and on social media. All winners will be notified shortly thereafter via email.

Thanks for your entry and good luck!


2022 BEST FIRST SENTENCE


J.D. BARKER:

Nobody oversleeps the day they come to release you from prison.

–David Taylor

ROBERT DUGONI:

She's the kind of girl who leaves graffiti on a church wall.

–Amy Pendino

MARK GREANEY:

Ed Naden was in a back booth of Marky’s Bar, waiting for one of Vin Rackham’s boys to put a bullet in his head.

–Brandon Barrows

STEVEN JAMES:

I never had much interest in performing card tricks, until Bobby Docherty cut off my hand and tossed it into the Mississippi.

–Chris Kudlacz

TOSCA LEE:

Duke Miller wondered if the 460-pound patient in room seven-twelve was hiding pizza under her breasts again.

–Jason Swink

DONALD MAASS:

They were friends once; the kind of special friends the men of the hill tribes call "death friends" to distinguish them from those with whom one merely shares rice and talk.

–Andrew Kaplan

CLARE MACKINTOSH:

I was eight years old when I decided to kill my mother; I was twenty-five when someone else did it for me.

–Marie Still

HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN:

It could never be attributed to coincidence that all the women of the village who were of childbearing age woke up pregnant on the very same day.

–Stephen DeBock



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