First Line Contest Submission & Winner’s Statement

In 2015 I won a contest to write the first line to begin all stories in the following summer’s First Line Journal from Blue Cubicle Press. Inspired by an ongoing ecological disaster in my home state of California, the most severe water shortage in over 1,000 years, I wrote, “By the fifteenth month of the drought, the lake no longer held her secrets.” My writer’s statement was also included in the Summer 2016 issue. It was exciting for me to see where the authors went with my prompt. Since 1999, the First Line Journal has been the original literary magazine where every story begins with the same first line.

  • Date: June 23, 2016

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