This submission call is now closed. You can find calls that are still accepting contributions at Calls for Submissions.
The First Line (est. 1999), a quarterly print literary journal that helps writers jumpstart their creativity, has updated its theme list for 2016 and is now accepting submissions for another “first line” prompt: “‘Unfortunately, there is no mistake,’ she said, closing the file.” Writers must use the first line “as is” and write a fiction story based on it.
Recommended word length for fiction is 300 to 5K words.