The First Line :: NewPages Guide to Literary Magazines
The First Line
About The First Line: The First Line is unaffiliated, unfunded, unassuming, and far from uninspiring. It is a writer’s journal for readers.
Editor: David LaBounty
P.O. Box 250382
Plano, TX 75025-0382
Genres: fiction, nonfiction
Simultaneous submissions: no Email submissions: yes Online submissions: no Reading period: year-round Response time: 2-3 weeks after end of submission period Payment: yes (see website) Contests: no ISSN: 1525-9382 Founded: 1999 Issues per year: 4 Copy price: $3 Average pages: 72 Sample price (postpaid): $4 Subscription (Ind/Inst) 1 year: $15
Publisher’s description: The First Line was created as an alternative to the staid literary fare of the last century, a place where little-known and beginning writers could come and share their experiments. Over time, our dedication to writers and our quirky sensibility have gained us a loyal following.
As we enter our fifteenth year, we want to continue to inspire writers to entertain and even enlighten. So, if you are ever stuck staring at the blank page, give our starters a shot. Then submit. For it's readers we have and writers we want.
Spring 2013's first line: "On a perfect spring morning with flat seas and clear blue skies, Captain Eli P. Cooke made a terrible mistake." This issue features work by Christine Edwards, C. L. Lord, Josh Magill, Von Pittman, Justin Sargent, Gerald E. Sheagren, Sharri Bockheim Steen, Joshua Swainston, and Gretchen Tessmer.
Winter 2012's first line: "Sometimes, when it's quiet, I can remember what my life was like before moving to Cedar Springs." This issue features work by Corrina Austin, Izzy David, A. Paul Dominic, Seana Graham, Tom Green, Camille Griep, Jefferson Navicky, Bryan Robertson, and Caroline Taylor.
The Fall 2012 issue is like a midnight blizzard in February – deep, dark, and depressing. Oh, and we have a noir novelette from Alyce Miller.
last updated 03/21/2013