Top Twos-Day: contests – libraries and first lines

This week Karen of Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge blog mentioned a Lego Library Contest in one of her comments. Here’s more info, this is a great gift you can participate in without sacrificing a dime: “LEGO® DUPLO® and the Association for Library Services To Children (ALSC) have joined hands to celebrate and support local libraries. The most nominated library in the ‘Read! Build! Play!’ project receives $5,000 for books and supplies.” Yes, you read that right, the most nominated! Use this link to participate… and to read Karen’s wonderful tribute to libraries, along with her nomination preference, see her blog… 

I’m kinda partial to her choice, for it’s just up the road from me, and these pics were from my last visit there.


And since we’re talking contests…check out these two-for-one first line fictitious fabs:


Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest

seeks single sentence entries of up to 60 words for ridiculous first lines

for “categories, from ‘general’ to detective, western, science fiction, romance, and so on.”

accepts entries every day: official deadline April 15, June 30, etc.

“…in keeping with the gravitas, high seriousness, and general bignitude of the contest, the grand prize winner will receive … a pittance.”



in the spirit of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest of horrible first lines,


The Lyttle Lytton Contest

seeks 200 word submissions for plausible book first lines

accepting year round

“In 2001…started a contest much like the Bulwer-Lytton, only with entrants limited to 25 words. (This has since been changed to 200 characters.)”



Last, quick note: I share “no fee” writing opportunities and contests: gathering this information from various sources. I advise “caveat emptor” or in this case, let the writer beware when a venue is unknown to you.

If you know of a venue open to subs contact me: roxiewillbe(at)live(dot)com. In the subject line please state: “writing opportunity”

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  1. Hi Roxie you are so kind. Thank You for liking my poem Sat-Nav – What A Day. You have so many interesting items in your blog. Best Wishes, Malctg The Foureyed Poet

  2. Roxie, thank you so much for supporting our little Mount Airy library! Thanks to support from all over the world, we’re in first place. Please keep voting all this month!

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