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Sunday, July 1, 2012

First Sentence, First Paragraph/Call for Submissions

In revision, pay particular attention to the first paragraph. Hone the words sharp. Begin with action and use language that will attract readers’ attention. Some authors rewrite the beginning paragraph 100 times. I’m not suggesting that you go to that length but to rise above the competition, create a first paragraph that is attention grabbing, emotional, and sounds like music to the ears. A well-honed first paragraph is your first impression with many editors, since some editors don’t read the cover letter until AFTER they’re read the first paragraph. Some read the first paragraph, and if they like what they read, continue with the first page; THEN turn back to the cover letter to read about the submission.

Like editors, readers are captivated by the fictional world in the first five to seven words. Create a first sentence that is such a powerful and magnetic force, editors and readers can’t put it down. The first paragraph is the building block for the entire story. Make your first impression a lasting impression.

Call for submissions for adult writers:
Kentucky Monthly. Attention, writers! Kentucky Monthly is seeking submissions for our annual literary section, which will appear in the November issue. Entries will be accepted in the following categories:
• Poetry
• Fiction
• Creative Nonfiction

Only submissions from Kentucky writers will be considered for publication. Our definition of a Kentucky writer is anyone who currently lives in Kentucky, has lived in Kentucky or uses Kentucky as subject matter. Submissions must adhere to our literary guidelines. Please thoroughly review these guidelines before submitting your stories or poems. Submission of stories and/or poems indicates you have read and agree to the terms outlined in the guidelines. Writers may submit one fiction and one creative nonfiction story at no charge. 600-3000 words."
Deadline: August 3, 2012

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