Okay, we're pleased to announce our first writing contest. This contest will follow the theme of "this sentence starts the story." Basically you take the sentence I give you and write a story on it. The sentence: I never believed in hell. The first sentence of your story must begin with those words. You can change punctuation only by adding quotes, but all else must be the same. The story can be any genre with any theme. The deadline for submissions is December 31st at 12PM. This gives you just under two months to submit. You story should be between 1,000 and 8,000 words in length to qualify. The prize for this contest is a $25 paypal deposit and a special user title here at writingforums.org. (this includes colored username, larger PM box, etc). EDIT: I've decided to make this contest free for all users. There is no longer a fee to enter. Anyone can enter the contest. One entry per person. More than one entry will automatically disqualify you. Submit a thread with your story in this forum. I've also made a changing to the judging. I will select 5 stories that I think are the most professionally written and we will then have a member-voting on it. The voting booth will be open for one week after the results are listed. I hope these are all constructive changes. If you have any questions regarding this, please feel free to ask. EDIT: changed it to clarify. Only quotes may be added for punctuation. You cannot add to the sentence.