I just finished reading the first lines of all 131 GF quarter-finalist excerpts, and these are my favorites (in no particular order). What fun! Maybe someone wants to do the same for another category? (BTW, I re-typed these, so I apologize to the authors if there are any typos, etc.)
True to his word, Bubba had already eaten the entire sack of sliders.
(from What Lit Up The Night by Bison Messink)
These are the last minutes of Charlie Kaleohano's life.
(from A Chant of Love and Lamentation by Brian Reeves)
From the moment I saw Ethnar and Amna at the orphanage, their ankles coated in dust, I knew.
(from No Way to Fall off this Earth by Carrie Esposito)
What likely put Michaela Tomason over the edge, believe it or not, was a radish.
(from Incensed by Cary Sparks)
It turned out the rumors were true.
(from The Campaign by Donald Shinn)
When Craig Nero was thirteen, he watched a man beat his father unconscious.
(from Suicide Contest by Gordon Fraser)
It didn't occur to me at the edge of the muddy pond that I'd broken the sixth commandment, actually committed murder.
(from Crooked Lines by Holly Michael)
He had doused his colostomy bag in petrol; that would be the first thing to go.
(from Papercut by Ian McLachlan)
Remy Torres told me I was ugly enough to be a model.
(from Habits and Hijabs by Joseph Love)
The shoes give her away.
(from What Beauty by Mark Beyer)
On the same afternoon that he would die, Michael Young Jr. lost his first tooth.
(from Mourning Dove by Meg Wilson)
Negro streets are crazy.
(from Black and Tan Fantasy by Randall Luce)
The first time Robert Johnson died, he wasn't Robert Johnson.
(from Play Pretty Blues by Snowden Wright)
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