Critiques 4 U!

Monthly first-page critique contest from Writers Helping Writers

Happy almost March, everyone! There are a lot of things about life that drive me a little bonkers—so much so that I often need to remind myself of the good stuff that’s happening. Snow days wreak havoc on my work routine, but I love the excitement and joy they bring to my kids. The cold weather is getting a little old by the end of February, but it makes spring that much more satisfying when it rolls around. So take a minute today to look at the bright side and be reminded of the good things in life. Like free critiques, for example…



If you’re working on a first page and would like some objective feedback, please leave a comment that includes: 

1) your email address. Some of you have expressed concern about making your email address public; if you’re sure that the email address associated with your WordPress account is correct, you don’t have to include it here. But if you do win and I’m unable to contact you through that email address, I’ll have to choose an alternate winner.

2) your story’s genre (no erotica, please)

Also, please be sure your first page is ready to go so I can critique it before next month’s contest rolls around. If it needs some work and you won’t be able to get it to me right away, I’d like to ask that you plan on entering the next contest, once any necessary tweaking has been taken care of. 🙂


Three commenters’ names will be randomly drawn and posted tomorrow. If you win, you can email me your first page and I’ll offer my feedback. Best of luck!


Becca Puglisi is an international speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus and its sequels. Her books are available in five languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers blog and via One Stop For Writers—a powerhouse online library created to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.
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52 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. Happy Tuesday morning! The winners this month are…

    Kate (post-apocalyptic sci-fi)
    Nicole Brown Jamet

    Thanks so much for entering, everyone! Winners, I’ll be contacting you shortly. See you next month 🙂

  2. Nicolle Browne Jamet says:

    Hi 😁.
    Genre is psychological thriller

    Thanks !!

  3. Gwendolyn Grace says:

    Definitely agree with you about the cold weather.
    I write science fiction/fantasy, and YA

  4. Dylan says:

    Dylan Jones
    jones.dylan 19@ no spaces.

    Urban Fantasy

  5. Katlyn says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    duncankatlyn (at) gmail (dot) com

    YA thriller

  6. aiar shai says:

    1) aiar shai (at) gmail dot com
    2) SFF

  7. Hello Becca,

    My e-mail is and the genre is suspense thriller.

    Thank you!!

  8. Jean A. Richardson says:

    I’ll give it a whirl, Becca.
    My entry if chosen, will be: MG Contemporary Fiction.

  9. Helen Shorrocks says:

    Hi Becca,

    YA Speculative Fiction.

    Many thanks.

  10. AMLyvers(at)gmail(dot)com

    Science Fiction/Cyberpunk

  11. Anne M Casey says:

    Hi Becca and Angela,

    Email is

    Genre is literary fiction

    Thank you for your consideration.

  12. Carol Parchewsky says:

    Hi Becca,

    Middle Grade, fantasy-adventure

  13. Kate says:

    1) email included (below)
    2) post-apoc sci-fi

    Everything crossed.

    Well, not everything, because that would make typing something of a challenge. Eyes, front and center; fingers at the keyboard…which leaves toes.


  14. Mary Kate says:

    Thanks Becca! I am writing a YA Mystery I’d love to hear your thoughts on!

  15. Susan Grillo says:

    Thanks, Becca.

    Romantic suspense

  16. Historical fiction. And yes, thanks for the opportunity!

  17. Thanks, Becca! Inspirational women’s fiction —

  18. Hi there,

    My genre is romance and my email is

    Thanks for this opportunity.

  19. Lisa Potocar says:

    So appreciate the opportunity!

    YA Historical Fiction

  20. Dlee says:


    Historical Fantasy

  21. Amy Snyder says:

    Hi! My WIP is Psychological Fiction.

    Thank you!

  22. Jackie Layton says:

    Thanks for the opportunity.


    Inspirational mystery

  23. Kate says:

    I’m working on historical fiction

  24. Dorothy says:

    Ah!! Would love to join this time around. 🙂


    02) A vast majority of the novels I plan on making are of the Science Fantasy genre.

  25. M Mittet says:

    Thank you for offering!

    Writing Women’s Fiction

  26. Monique Greilich says:

    I am working on fiction. The book is about a condominium community with a bully protagonist . Thanks for this opportunity.

  27. Talia says:

    Yay, critiques!

    Email: Included 😉

    Genre: YA Fantasy

  28. Good morning, Becca!

    I’m writing the 2nd book in a Romantic Mystery series. You’re a gem to offer critiques!

    Thank Ewe!

  29. Sharon Allen says:

    Hi Becca,

    I write romance novels and am 31 chapters into my latest book. Would love some feedback on my first page though. Thanks for all you do. I have all six of your books and they’ve me so much.

  30. Emily Cushing says:

    Thank you! Crossing my fingers I win.

    1. emcush(at)hotmail(dot)com

    2. MG Mystery

  31. Cathy says:

    Hi, I’m seven chapters into a Southern Gothic novel.

  32. Gerald Hapeman says:

    Thank you Becca! Fingers crossed…

    Low Fantasy

  33. Shelley O'Rourke says:

    Hi, Becca,
    Thanks for all you do to support writers. My genre is paranormal mystery.

    Thanks again!

  34. Harry Wegley says:

    Hi, Becca,
    I read your page nearly every morning and tweet it often. Thanks for offering the critique! My genre is high-action romantic suspense.

  35. Hi Becca,

    This is my favorite site, and my thesaurus collection is growing rapidly. I’m about to have to get a new copy of The Emotion Thesaurus because mine’s nearly worn out.

    Mainstream, magical realism

  36. Frances Rove says:



  37. I’m writing a series, fantasy with sci-fi elements.

  38. Hi, Becca, thank you!


  39. Tracey Steinbach says:

    Young adult

    Thank you for the opportunity!

  40. Count me in, please 🙂
    Gay Romantic Sci-fi

    ps: single or double line spacing?

  41. Thank you for all the time you dedicate to helping other writers. 1) 2) SciFi Thriller

  42. Romana says:

    Hi, Becca,

    Thank you for the opportunity! My genre is romantic suspense.

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