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. If you’re curious about learning more about what they do, the editor was featured on Scott Simon’s NPR show a few weeks ago.
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 was due on August 1. They didn’t accept it, so I can publish it here for you to read. The first line for the quarter was, “Frank Rooney had been the manager of the Shop & Save for thirty-eight years, and he wasn’t retiring anytime soon.” Please to enjoy!