NaNoWriMo First Line Literary Contest

Wooden surface with notepad and pen laying open on top of it.

November is National Novel Writing Month, and what better way to start your novel than writing a terrific First Line? You write your best First Line, email it to us, and we’ll select two winners, a staff favorite and a publicly-voted favorite, to win a prize to a local business, and all submitted First Lines will be displayed at the library for patrons to read and enjoy!

Entry and Submission - Due by November 15

  • Electronically: After you write your First Line, send the entire sentence to with the subject heading 'First Line Contest Entry.' We will email you back with confirmation that we received your First Line.
  • In-Person: There will be First Line sheets at the Reference Desk you can fill out.

Voting & Winning

  • There will be two winners: a patron and a staff favorite. The same First Line cannot win both.
  • First Lines will be displayed on the pillar by audiobooks for all to see, and the voting ballots will be placed nearby.
  • Every patron will be able to vote for their favorite First Line once using a specially-created voting ballot.
  • The voting period will be from November 16 through November 30.
  • The winner of each category will be announced on December 1 and will win one of two local gift card prizes.