Literary Database Sponsors 'Best First Line' Contest

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'Best First Line' Contest awards a free copy of Literary Database 2009 to author submitting the best opening line of a short story.

Short story writers will want to enter their best opening line in Literary Database's 'Best First Line' contest, now through May 1, 2009. Literary Database ( is a submission database which was developed for writers of short stories, essays, and poetry to help writers target and time their submissions to quality literary publications.

Which of your stories has the strongest beginning, that opening line that pulls the reader in and won't let them go? This is where you open the world of the story to the reader (and the editor), so it's got to be good. In one sentence you introduce the tone of the story, the place, maybe even a character or two.

Enter your best first line for a chance to win a free copy of Literary Database 2009. The favorites will be posted on the site through the month of April, and then a winner (or two if it's close) will be chosen. Winner(s) get a free copy of Literary Database 2009. "It's the submission database created by writers, for writers." And it will help you to send out that story with the great opening line to the publications where it will best find a home in print.

Literary Database was developed to help writers save time and money. It focuses on two types of publications: good stepping-stones for new writers starting to build up their credits, and the premier journals of creative writing. The simple, clear format makes it easy to see when the publications accept submissions, what they are looking for, and how to contact them.

Do you write short stories, poems, or nonfiction essays? Want to get published? Literary Database 2009 can help you develop your best list of targets and figure out how (and when) to reach them with your submissions.

Literary Database is an ideal tool for the ambitious writer just out of a college MFA writing program and looking to break into literary circles. To succeed, emerging writers need to build a resume. Short stories, poems, or essays published in prominent journals are important credits; literary agents and editors consider those an indication of the quality and commitment of the writer.

More information on the resource is available at

Literary Database has also developed a related website ( for detailed reports on literary conferences, which are excellent places for writers to meet influential agents and editors in person.

In addition, it has launched a blog ( with updates, commentary, and advice for writers on all aspects of the literary world.

For more, contact Literary Database at info(at), or visit its blog of short useful tips or the new site for reports on writing conferences.

Literary Database is a resource, by writers for writers, for busy emerging authors who wish to improve their submissions, focusing on 400 of the most respected and active journals, in print on online, that publish short stories, poems, and essays.


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