Need a little inspiration, maybe a little incentive to write? The First Line is a quarterly journal that publishes short stories created from the same first line. The 2011 lines and deadlines are:
Spring 2011: Sam was a loyal employee. (Submissions due February 1, 2011.)
Summer 2011: “We need to talk.” (Submissions due May 1, 2011.)
Fall 2011: Edwin spotted them the moment he stepped off the train. (Submissions due August 1, 2011.)
Winter 2011: It had been a long year. (Submissions due November 1, 2011.)
For more information and submission guidelines, visit http://www.thefirstline.com/.
(95% of their content comes from freelancers!)