This unique format journal provides poets with the first line for each of their quarterly issues.
From their site: “We love the fact that writers around the world are inspired by our first lines, and we know that not every story [or poem] will be sent to us. However, we ask that you do not submit stories starting with our first lines to other journals (or post them online on public sites) until we’ve notified you as to our decision (usually two to three weeks after the deadline). . . . We do not – nor will we ever – charge a submission fee, nor do we rank our stories in order of importance. Occasionally, we run contests to help come up with new first lines, or we run fun, gimmicky competitions for free stuff, but the actual journal is not a contest in the traditional sense.”
Below are their upcoming issues and first line prompts with deadlines:
Fairy tales hardly ever come true for quiet girls.
DEADLINE: February 1, 2015
Laura liked to think she was honest with herself; it was everyone else she lied to.
DEADLINE: May 1, 2015
The old neighborhood was nearly unrecognizable.
DEADLINE: August 1, 2015
George pressed the call button and said, “Mrs. Whitfield, you have a visitor.”
DEADLINE: November 1, 2015