by Alex Sheal, published by 3:AM Magazine
First sentence: I met her in a cocktail bar, but she wasn’t working as a waitress.
by John Keene, published by TriQuarterly
First sentence: The canoe scudded to a stop at the steep, rocky shore.
by Per Petterson, published by A Public Space
First sentence: Dad had a face that Arvid loved to watch, and at the same time made him nervous as it wasn’t just a face but also a rock in the forest with its furrows and hollows, at least if he squinted when he looked.
by Scott Stealey, published by Smokelong Quarterly
First sentence: Kevin first shuffled out of the woods a few months ago while I was playing my zither in the backyard.
By Erik Cofer, published by McSweeney's
First sentence: I like you, Dan, I really do.
by Sabrina Orah Mark, published by The Collagist
First sentence: A lot of my friends are following the Rabbi so I start following the Rabbi too.
by Sejal Shah, published by Conjunctions
First sentence: The map was printed on a handkerchief.
by Molia Dumbleton, published by The Kenyon Review
First sentence: Sarah couldn’t help but think that even at the age of twenty-four, Jesse bore the exact shape of a grizzly.
by Sarah Gerkensmeyer, published by American Short Fiction
First sentence: Ramona used to say, "When it’s on the outside I feel self-conscious."
By Simon Harris, published by Flash
First sentence: According to tradition, there were three choices: marriage, revenge or goats.
by Melissa Goodrich, published by Word Riot
First sentence: All of the boys in school are breaking their hands.
by Sandra Gail Lambert, published by Brevity
First sentence: We’re in single file, led by an American flag with stars in the shape of a wheelchair, and headed to the convention hotel that I still think we’re going to picket.
by John Smolens, published by PANK
First sentence: When your wife dies you find music tastes different and food sounds the same.
by Christopher Moyer, published by Hobart
First sentence: In the middle of our city are the woods, which are full of animals.
by Mia Couto, published by The Massachusetts Review
First sentence: One time two clowns set themselves to arguing.
*Originally appeared in The Huffington Post. Reprinted with permission from author.