How to Write Loglines

There is an art in Hollywood of writing a slightly teasing, but not too teasing, 1-2 sentence summary of a movie known as a “logline” (around 30-60 words). We are stealing that art for short stories, but we do not have to be as clever since we are not “pitching” studios.

Some tips on loglines.

Examples of loglines

For Star Wars

"A farm boy who dreams of greatness as a pilot intercepts a distress signal from a rebel princess and goes on a quest to rescue her alongside a space pirate and an old knight to ultimately save the galaxy from the forces of evil."

For your loglines, it is okay if you want to put 2 or 3 in the field and leave it to us to pick one or reshape. They don’t have to be super polished. We’d rather have functional rather than shiny at this point. We will have someone go through later and polish them en masse in editing rounds.

Click through the stories on the Airtable with the read status COPYEDITED if you’d like to see more examples.

Next you will write a summary.