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TypeTribe Contest: $25 for Your Best Line of Dialogue

August 11, 2009

What’s one of the best lines of dialogue you’ve ever written? It could be for a complete or incomplete short story, novel (or chapter to a novel), poem, or essay, all formats that TypeTribe will support. It must be something you wrote–no plagiarizing here.

This coming Sunday evening, I’m going to post the first FIVE submitted sentences to a poll on this blog. After 48 hours–the standard amount of time for getting feedback from a TypeTribe critique group–I’ll tally the votes. The author of the line of dialogue with the most votes wins $25 cash (paid via PayPal). If there’s a tie, there will be a lightning round.

You may only submit once, and you may only vote once. But you can solicit your friends and family and even strangers on Twitter/Facebook/e-mail to vote for your sentence as well. They’re free to revise the lines of dialogue in the comments section of the poll to make them better/more realistic. The person who improves the lines of dialogue the best will also win $25 cash.

So submit your lines of dialogue (one per person; 200 character max, including spaces) in the comments section below with your real e-mail address, your name, the name of your work, and a one-line bio if you’d like to promote yourself (another function of TypeTribe). All sentences must be received by this Sunday at noon (CST). I will only accept the first 5 lines of dialogue submitted due to space and attention span limitations for the contest, but anyone is welcome to post their best lines in the comments section.

While you’re here, feel free to sign up for the TypeTribe launch notification e-mail. It’s just one e-mail, and every 100th signup wins $25. Also, feel free to subscribe to this blog or follow @jameystegmaier on Twitter to be notified about the next contest.

8 Comments leave one →
  1. August 13, 2009 11:03 am

    Here’s one, from my second novel, called “Rebound,” the first draft of which I hope to finish writing today:

    “Why, Mr. Chandler, the way you keep misplacing, or shall I say mislaying women, strikes me as rather careless.”

  2. August 14, 2009 11:32 am

    “The only way that you could break my heart now”, Jeanine sobbed, “would be to make me fall for you again.”

    • August 14, 2009 2:32 pm

      wow…so everyone got their quotes from an existing piece? i think i should get extra credit for making mine up on the spot.

  3. Katrina permalink
    August 14, 2009 11:36 am

    “I can’t remember how long its been. Do I look like my own autobiographer?”

    From Promises Made, Promises Kept.

  4. August 14, 2009 12:13 pm

    “Well, ma’am, it’s surely a shame you feel that way, ‘cos you see, right here in this purdy l’il sack, is the, uh, su-per-vis-or.”

    From a short story, “Last Complaint.”

    I’m a writer of fantasy, modern short fiction and nonfiction, soap opera commentary, and food and drink reviews at

  5. Ben Woodard permalink
    August 14, 2009 2:20 pm

    “It doesn’t matter. Once you know, you know. And I know this film is going to be the one for me. I’ve already begun talking to people. Big people, Art.”

    From my short, “Changing Seasons.”


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