Tuesday, December 8, 2015

The 3rd Annual First Line Christmas Contest!!!


It's that time of year again! Twinkling lights, yummy treats, presents under the tree...& first lines! For those of you have been around awhile (& thank you for that!), you know how this goes, but in case we have any newcomers (welcome, welcome!), it goes like this: 

I supply a list of Christmas/holiday words. You then craft a first line to a story, using one (or more, if you feel like) of the words provided. Leave it in the comments & two winners will be announced on 12/14 by our guest judges. The prizes are an ebook copy of Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle. 


And speaking of guest judges, this year we have the lovely Mackenzi Lee & Victoria Scott!!



Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three.Her first novel, This Monstrous Thing, a YA steampunk reimagining of Frankenstein, is out now from HarperCollins. She currently calls Boston home.




Victoria Scott writes teen fiction, and is represented by Sara Crowe. She’s the author of the Fire & Flood series published by Scholastic, the Dante Walker trilogy published by Entangled Teen, and the upcoming teen stand-alone, Titans, being published by Scholastic, spring 2016. Her books have been bought and translated in eleven foreign markets, and her next release, Salt & Stone, recently received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Victoria lives in Dallas with her husband and adores getting to know her readers. Visit her online at VictoriaScottYA.com.

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The List

eggnog
snowflake
ornament
evergreen
icy
nutcracker
Rudolph
red berries
Polar Express
gingerbread
gingerbread house
gingerbread man
Santa
wreath
three wise men
stocking
snowman
Douglas fir
candy cane
Advent calendar
tree skirt
cinnamon
menorah
cider
sleigh
pine cone
ice skates
Mrs. Claus
wrapping paper
reindeer
chimney
Scrooge
abominable snowman (or Yeti)
holly
hot chocolate
Yule log
caroling
latke
fruitcake
garland
Festival of Lights
ribbon
mistletoe
dreidel
snow
pie
nativity
snow angel
bells
candlelight
mistletoe
penguin
bow

I do believe this might be the biggest list of holiday words so far. You can make words plural or singular to suit your needs. All first sentences for whatever genre are welcome, though please keep it family-friendly. 
Also, the judges are taking time out of their own busy holiday season to help out, so a follow on social media or marking their book to read on Goodreads or even a newsletter subscription would be much appreciated, I'm sure!
 
And now...the 3rd Annual First Line Christmas Contest is open. Write away all!!!

*Contest is now closed, judges deliberating their winners*

22 comments:

  1. The year Rudolph burned down the gingerbread house was the best.
    (Yeah, I went for humor.)

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  2. Awesome competition! I love Alex's entry. :-D

    Mine... *thinks*

    I carefully tried a bow around my gift, wondering if he'd even be here to accept it.

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  3. The Festival of Lights was the first time he handed me a candle.

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  4. An abominable snowman hides among the evergreen, waiting.

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  5. This sounds like fun.


    Eggnog lifted her furry head and sniffed the air.

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  6. It was my first time riding the Polar Express, so I didn't know that I'd be denied hot chocolate just for hitting my brother over the head with a nutcracker.

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  7. With the wrapped package tucked under Mrs. Claus' arm the foot of an elf broke through the wrapping paper.

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  8. When the gingerbread house's chimney emitted a plume of gray smoke, Detective Bells knew the old witch was home.

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  9. Oh I remember this from last year. What fun!

    Just as Mrs. Claus started to put the roof on the gingerbread house, Santa yelled, "Ho, ho, ho," causing her to jump and knock the whole thing over.

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  10. This is a really cool idea! I'll give it a shot, though lots of people already have some great entries.

    He stirred his eggnog with the candy cane, never suspecting that she'd laced it with a sleeping tonic.

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  11. Her body was laid in the cavity of a snow angel, snowflakes crowding the spaces left unclaimed.

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  12. The blood on the icy wreath and garland didn't stop him from charging through the already open door.

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  13. As I stood on my porch watching the caroling children, a snowflake drifted into my upraised mug of eggnog, melting in the cinnamon foam.

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  14. Scrooge had nothing on this portable reindeer.

    (I'm all for short and quippy.)

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  15. I love your Christmas contest! Thanks for bringing it back!! How many can we submit? :-) Okay, here's my crack at this:

    I suppose, in hindsight, the mistletoe being trampled into the snow should have been my first clue that this wasn't going to work out.

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    1. Just one! Prolly should have made that clearer... =)

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  16. Someone must've put something in my cider, because I could've sworn there was a yeti dancing on the table.

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  17. I won this last year. I remember my line too. I'll go with a new one this year though. Here it goes:

    Christmas took a turn for the worse when Santa caught Mrs. Claus and Scrooge under the mistletoe.

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  18. She knew she'd had a little too much eggnog to drink at the office Christmas party when she saw Santa belly dancing while wearing nothing but a tree skirt.

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  19. She had to give him props for his creative use of wrapping paper, though she wasn't sure it was physically possible to actually kiss under where he'd dangled the mistletoe.

    (I mean, it's family friendly, so long as you don't think like I do ;)

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  20. After Mrs Lucas bought a red coat and rearranged the letters in her name, the behaviour of local children inproved considerably.

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  21. The three wise men didn't feel so wise after participating in the cinnamon challenge.

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