November 1, 2019
All stories must end with the last line provided. The
line cannot be altered in any way, unless otherwise
noted by the editors. The story should be between 300
and 5,000 words (this is more like a guideline and not
a hard-and-fast rule; going over or under the word count
won't get your story tossed from the slush pile).
we understand that writers may add our last line to
a story that they are currently working on or have already
completed, and that's cool. But please do not add our
last line to a previously published story and submit
it to us. We do not accept previously published stories,
even if they have been repurposed for our last lines.
Stories: Writers should include a two- to three-sentence
biography of themselves that will appear in the magazine
should their story run.
Submissions: We don't mind if you want to submit
multiple stories for the same issue. However, it is
unlikely we will use more than one of your stories in
the same issue.
We prefer you send manuscripts via e-mail to submission
(@) thelastlinejournal (dot) com. We accept stories
in MS Word or Word Perfect format (we prefer attachments).
Please do not send .pdf versions of your story. Make
sure your name and contact information, as well as your
bio, are part of the attachment. Stories also can be
sent to The Last Line's post office box (PO Box
250382, Plano, TX, 75025-0382). No manuscripts will
be returned without an accompanying SASE with sufficient
return postage. Here is the last line for 2017:
looked me in the eye and said, "I trust you."
Due date: October 1, 2020
We don't make decisions about stories until after each
issue closes. We typically send notices out within two
to three weeks after the issue's deadline to everyone
who submitted a story. You can also check the home page
of the Web site as we will indicate each issue's production