I love contests. I don't know why they seem so much easier to submit to than an agent. Perhaps it's the lack of a need for querying. I hate queries. I really, really do. I will do them. I promise. But I hate them.
Soo, in the spirit of contests, I wanted to link to Nathan Bransford's page so you can enter this fabulous first paragraph contest. Or as he calls it, The Sort-of-Annual Stupendously Ultimate First Paragraph contest.
Check it out, have fun and then brag that you didn't let the over 1200 entries intimidate you. :) (Or at the very least don't admit it if they do!)