Best First Sentence Winner
  • It was another difficult decision over which I heartached for one week.

    Here, in no particular order, were the finalists:

    She sat down exhausted.

    — Shannon Murray

    After a lifetime of incubation, she now carried the fatal disease.

    — Scott

    The Ark lay in shadow, its golden angels covered in thousands of years of dust.

    — Victorai

    She stepped into darkness, and the sickening crunch of dried bones made her cringe.

    — Bethany

    But the winner was Dave Zoby, whose entry reads thus:

    Macon, Ga–The Ark of the Covenant was a flimsy, earth-worm colored thrill ride that lifted a rattling chain of cars above the lid of fall foliage, flinty hills to the west, glimpse of river like a wet snake; Laura sat beside her husband, Reverend Doug Brown, as the cars trundled upward link by link, and said to herself that when this was over she was leaving him and her idiot children once and for all, his forthcoming pleas and death threats be damned.

    Dave Zoby

    Congratulations, Dave.

    And my thanks to you all.

    July 10th, 2014 | journalpulp | 1 Comment | Tags: ,

About The Author

Ray Harvey

I was born and raised in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. I've worked as a short-order cook, construction laborer, crab fisherman, janitor, bartender, pedi-cab driver, copyeditor, and more. I've written and ghostwritten several published books and articles, but no matter where I've gone or what I've done to earn my living, there's always been literature and learning at the core of my life.

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  • Scott 07.10.2014

    And thank you to you. Sir! Splendid, indeed!

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