The Idea: Using a given opening line, you must write a story that uses 50 words or less. The opening line does not count toward your word total.
* I will give a total of 5 opening lines. You may choose whichever line(s) you wish to use.
* There are two ways to enter: (A) single paragraph stories and (B) extended stories. You may either enter (A) or (B). The only way to enter both is to use only three or four starting lines for the extended story entry, and use the remaining one or two for the single paragraph stories.
* To enter (A): You may write an entry for as many of the opening lines as you like, but only 1 story for each line. So, your maximum number of entries is 5. If you only like 3 of the opening lines, then write 3 stories. However, the stories should not be related.
* To enter (B): Again, you may use as many of the opening lines as you like, but only once each. They should all be submitted as one entry, creating an overall story, although each separate paragraph with opening line should be able to stand alone as its own story.
(If you have not seen last year’s contest, please check out this thread and see how the entries were submitted: http://noir.playsleuth.com/map/cityhall/post.spy?id=22695)
* Your story or stories must make sense. It/they also should be mystery-related, or be mysterious with a really interesting twist.
* Spelling and grammar DO count. Please. Spellcheck is our friend.
*All entries must be posted no later than 11:59 PM server time on March 29, 2008.
Prizes: YAY! We love prizes. The winners will receive a two-month subscription and some Sleuth cash.
Your opening lines:
1. Leo smirked like a guilty man who knows there’s no evidence.
2. Nobody knew if it was true except one person, and she wasn’t talking.
3. The small box was as full as it could be.
4. I never assumed the search was done.
5. Tilly watched every move he made, ready to break out into a loud screech.