Wednesday, March 9, 2011

The Perfect First Line

Hey all,

I've got a fun new contest going on this month that I wanted to share with you all.  I realized I'd been remiss in letting my blog readers know about my contests, so from now on I'll do a post towards the first part of the month letting you all know what's going on.

So, here we go!

Spring Fling Romance Contest

Both Spring and Romance is in the air and CJ has a fun new contest for everyone.

Do you like reading? Ever tried your hand at writing? Well, with this spring contest you can do a little of both.

For this contest you get to put your imagination to use. A little creative writing...a little bit of drama.

What CJ is looking for is the perfect first line.

That's right. The perfect hook to make a reader want to devour the story from cover to The End.

Oooh...this sounds like fun. How do I enter?

1. It's easy... Just come up with a first line for one of CJ's future FREE READ romance stories. The name?

Soulmates Incorporated

And just what is that story about? Think Fantasy Island meets the Dating Game. A mysterious island where an even more mysterious someone brings deserving men and women to find their soulmates. Happily Ever After Guaranteed!

2. While it doesn't have to be specifically a romantic line, it should catch the reader's attention and make them want to read more. But one line ONLY, please.

3. Once you've polished it to complete and utter perfection, send your FIRST LINE in the body of an email to Put the words The Perfect First Line in the subject line.

4. Please format the entry as follows. For example:

Being dead sucked. ~ CJ England ~

Your entry will be posted on CJ's website and linked to the contest page for all to see and admire. It will be put up just as you have it in your email, so make sure it's clean and free of typos. Use quotes only where necessary and please, NO CAPS. We don't want to shout at the readers. Once it's posted it will NOT be changed. Make sure your full name and email address is in the email or your entry will not be posted. Initials only will be used on the website. (to keep voting fair and above board)

5. You can enter up to three times as long as the lines are substantially different.

6. No ick factors, (as laid out in most publisher's submission guidelines) Any entries that come in with a first line deemed inappropriate, will not be posted.

6. Any line submitted must be your own creation, and cannot be from any published work. Entries may or may not be used in the future CJ England story.

7. Only those 18 or older may submit a Perfect First Line and by entering, you are agreeing to all rules and policies herein.

Okay? I've sent in my entry. So what happens then???

8. This contest will run from March 1st through April 30th. At the end of the contest, an impartial panel of judges will choose the Perfect First Line they believe best grabs their attention and also reflects the flavor of what the story is about.

9. The winner will be announced here on the contest page as well as on my Chat Blog and will be sent an email announcement. The winner will have one week to respond or the second place winner will receive the prize. 

Cool! What will I win?

10. Since it's all about creative writing, the winner of this contest will receive one of CJ England's custom written stories valued at $75.00. You pick the hero, the heroine and the details and CJ will make your dream come alive. Check HERE for testimonials from satisfied clients.

Any questions? Please contact CJ at the email address above. Good luck and happy writing!!!

I hope to get an entry from each and every one of you!  So what are you waiting for?  Hit me with your best line!!!!

Hugs to all and I'll see you on Friday with another great guest blogger, Elizabeth Silver.

CJ England

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