Sunday, 20 November 2011

Announcing the WINNERS of the First Line Contest!

Hello WriMos,

I hope this post finds you in good health and writing stamina. Some of you have finished their novels by now, others have just figured out how to end them, and yet others are nowhere near the finish line (hey, you're in good company). BUT I bet all of you are still very much hopped up on NaNo.

Anyway, you might remember a little competition called 'most gripping first sentence' and the wonderful submissions by fellow WriMos a week back. And NOW it's time to shower the winners in praise and giveaways. But before this, I'd like to thank our judges and sponsors yet again, for being so helpful! In addition, I'll throw another thank you note at everyone who voted on the poll. You rock!!!

Just to remind you what the giveaways are...

1. Rochelle Melander (@WriteNowCoach) is giving the first place winner a print copy of her book Write-A-Thon, which is a great tool for jump-starting your writing career and writing your book for less than 30 days. I'd say it's a perfect fit for NaNo!
2. Roxanne Piskel (@roxisbrilliant) will give a complete critique of the second place winner's NaNo manuscript. In addition Roxanne is giving 20% discount to all entrants. 
3. Alivia Anders (@AliviaAnders) will make a pretty book cover for the third place winner. Woohoo!

So for a while there we had a tie between the first two winners and this is why I decided to put off the awards until there was a definite winner. Without further ado, I present:

Winner #1: So this was the cannibal train, March thought.
This precious gem was submitted by Angela Goff (@Angela_Goff). From the very start it was my favorite also, because it made me so damn curious about this train! Well done, Angela. I hope you'll enjoy your prize!

Winner #2: If everything goes according to their plans, I will be dead in three hundred and seventy days.

This one was submitted by Jenny Adams (known as @jennyadams on twitter), who will now get a free critique of her NaNo manuscript by Roxanne Piskel.

Winner #3: I have lived a life of deliberate anonymity.

But why? Why did the protagonist choose that life? See, we're on sentence one and already we're hooked! It's such a simple sentence, but we all know those are the best.

Congratulations for winning a book cover, Regina Grey (@TalesYetUntold)!

I'll be contacting the winners shortly to make sure the giveaways get to them. To everyone else, good luck with the final 10 days of NaNo! If you're behind, join me in catching up; and if you're writing like the wind, keep at it.


  1. Great job, everyone. :) Some fantastic first lines.

  2. Congratulations, everybody! I hope to see those books on the shelves ;)

  3. Bravo! Such brilliant minds at work here. :)

  4. Great first lines! This was such a fun contest. Congratulations to the winnesr, and to all the entrants!

  5. Thank you so much! And congrats to the other winners! :D

  6. Thank you so much! And congrats to to the other winners! :)