Paste’s “Write Start” Writing Contest

Submit a single opening paragraph—a collection of no more than 75 words—that leaves the reader intrigued and eager to know more. It should hook the reader from the outset, be rich in description and remain unburdened by fatty detail or flowery prose. Don’t cram in too much information; the best entries will balance omission with admission.

Submit your opening paragraph by January 26th to enter the contest. A team of editors from both Paste and Biographile will judge the entries, and the winner will be announced on February 2nd. In addition to having their piece published on Paste and Biographile on February 3rd, the winner will receive a 16 GB iPad Mini with Wi-Fi, a Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for their iPad Mini and a bundle of books curated by Biographile.

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