Besides the Chuck Wendig prompts I do each week I also try to complete the prompt from The First Line each quarter. The First Line is a journal that publishes four times a year and, each quarter, provides a prompt in the form of a sentence that is to be used as the first line in your story. There are no restrictions on genre or form, but every story in each issue opens with the same first line.
I have been making sporadic submissions to TFL for several years now and have never succeeded in being published. This is my submission for the current issue, which I sent in at the beginning of May. This isn’t one of the best things I’ve ever written, but I had forgotten about the deadline and had to throw it together on the last day. I figured it wouldn’t get published. I’ll try to get an earlier start next time. Please to enjoy!