Best Opening Contest: Thanks & Congratulations!

Dear Writers, Thank you to those of you who entered our Annual Best Opening Contest. After reviewing over 200 entries from all over the United States, we’d like to congratulate our winner and two runner-ups.

Louisa Lucie-Smith from Santa Barbara was our winner and the recipient of the full tuition scholarship to this year's conference, June 7-12. Here is her winning entry:

Chute picked up the bullwhip. One crack and the snake was dead. The children stared from the stranger to the dead rattlesnake and dropped one by one from the apple tree to inspect the remains.

We’d also like to congratulate two honorable mentions: Cat Robson and Sarah Nickerson will both be receiving partial scholarships to the 2015 conference.

 We appreciate every writer who took a chance and submitted their writing to be considered. We know that an opening line is important, but also difficult to write. Stephen King says an opening line “should invite the reader to begin the story. It should say: Listen. Come in here. You want to know about this.” Quite a task for any writer!

Opening night is nearly two weeks away, and we are looking forward to another fabulous year. If you haven't already registered, now is the time!

Write On! SBWC Team