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Famous author Linda Sue Park needs your help!

Each year, we receive thousands of entries to our First-Line Contest, in which we ask your students to come up with an imaginative and compelling first line to an unwritten story. This year, we’re thrilled to have the amazing Linda Sue Park as our featured author. Linda Sue will choose her favorite line from among the entries we receive and use it to start a brand-new story for a spring 2016 issue of Scope.

What Makes a Great First Line?

Watch our video and find out. A great whole-class activity.

What Is a Fabulous First Line?

The WINNER will get:

50 bucks—plus the thrill of seeing his or her name in print and inspiring a famous author.

The winner’s TEACHER will get:

a free one-year subscription to Scope.

The winner’s whole CLASS will get:

copies of Linda Sue Park’s book A Long Walk to Water


E-mail entries to:

Mail entries to:

“First Line Contest” c/o Scope
P.O. Box 712
New York, NY 10013-0712

Click here to see Linda Sue Park’s letter to Scope readers.