First Paragraph Contest

Over at Nathan Bransford’s website (he’s a literary agent for Curtis Brown), he has a contest going on to find the best first paragraph of a work in progress. I entered it and fully expect to either win or be totally overlooked. Currently? There are over 1115 entries, but don’t let that stop you! I know many of you out there have works in progress, if not totally finished works. Elaine? Christina? Kweenmama? Would you like to see what I entered? Why sure. Here it is. Thanks for asking….

Gus Jordan never intended to be a spy. Money certainly wasn’t the motivation—he had plenty of it. Likewise for excitement—it just didn’t play a role in his ultimate decision. Sailing his Dickerson on the icy chop of the Chesapeake Bay in the middle of a winter squall gave him all the excitement he needed. If he did have a motivation to get involved in the shady world of espionage, he couldn’t recall it.

“THE PRIZES: The grand prize super awesome winner of the contest will win their choice of a partial critique, query critique or 15 minute phone conversation in which you and (Nathan) can discuss topics ranging from reality TV shows to, you know, publishing. Your choice. Runners up will receive query critiques and/or other agreed-upon prizes.”

So don’t delay! The contest ends tomorrow at 4 p.m. Pacific Time. Winners will be revealed on Friday. Too. Darn. Exciting. Well, not really all that much, but it is fun to read through some of the entries. You’ll see what I mean….



  1. Elaine said,

    December 14, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Well, this is what I get for being behind. I totally missed out. Not that I have anything great in progress, but still. It would have been fun to try.

  2. kweenmama said,

    December 16, 2008 at 1:53 am

    Awww man, I just barely read this post today. I missed the deadline. Does he do it every year?

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