Critiques 4 U!

Hello, beautiful people! I hope you’re all having productive, efficient, kick-butt weeks. It’s time for March’s critique contest, but I wanted to take a moment and thank all of you for your encouragement. Your kind words, reviews, and support, yes, keep it all coming :). But I get just as charged when I run this contest each month and see so many writers putting themselves out there, risking criticism, knowing that if they win, it means more work. You guys are amazing, and I wish you exponential growth and wild success on your journeys!

Critiques 4 U


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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47 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. And the winners are…

    Natasha Hanova
    Sanyukta Thakare

    You three, I’ll be in touch shortly. Thanks so much for entering, everyone! See you next month 🙂

  2. I’m probably too late, but here goes:
    Gay Sci-Fi Romantic Suspense

  3. Dylan says:

    jones.dylan19@ no spaces

    Genre: Urban Fantasy

  4. Just found this, hope it’s not too late to join in.
    iwferguson23 at gmail
    genre: fantasy

  5. Dorothy says:

    I’m definitely going to enter. 🙂

    Genre: Science Fantasy

  6. Thanks for the opportunity!

    genre: historical romance

  7. Anne Casey says:

    Hi Becca,
    I’d love to have my first page critiqued.
    My email is
    Genre is literary fiction.
    Thank you

  8. Karin E. Nalepa says:

    New at this, so here goes!

    email: kstrippel (at)

    Genre: sci-fi short story

    Thanks for doing this!

  9. Bev says:

    Hi, Becca:

    I love the opportunities you give us to have a second viewpoint on our first pages.

    Mine is a sweet romance.


  10. Sally Shupe says:

    sallyshupe1 at gmail dot com

    inspirational syfy

  11. Ann Chaney says:

    Hi Becca,

    Genre: Historical romance

  12. AM Lyvers says:

    I can’t wait to see the picks, even if it’s not me, it’s still a learning opportunity–thank you!

    Adult Science Fiction
    AMLyvers (at) gmail (dot) com

  13. Sharon Belknap says:

    I’d love to get a critique!
    YA Contemporary

  14. Deb Atwood says:

    Hi Becca,
    Thank you for running Critiques 4 U!

    genre: upper middle grade contemporary

  15. Susan Shiney says:

    Genre: Mature Young Adult Magical Realism


    Thanks for the opportunity!

  16. Leta McCurry says:

    Thank you for the opportunity.
    historical fiction

  17. Michelle says:

    Thank you! I’m writing contemporary romance.

  18. Val Harbolovic says:

    Hi Becca,
    My first page is ready to go, and the genre is historical fiction.
    My novel is set in 1960-1 in the Portuguese African colony of Angola where I spent my childhood.
    Best wishes,

  19. Glen Goddard says:

    Hi Becca … Thanks for the opportunity.

    Biblical Fiction

  20. Erika Hayes says:

    Terrified– but willing to risk it for the biscuit!

    Genre: Mystery /Suspense

  21. Hey there Becca,

    Please enroll me in the contest. My email is aurorazdb@gmail
    My genre is memoir

  22. Hey there Becca,

    Please enroll me in the contest. My email is my genre is a memoir.

  23. Karen McAtlin says:

    Hi Becca,

    Thank you so much for this opportunity.

    Genre: Historical romance.

  24. Jarm says:

    MG Historical Fiction. Thanks again for the opportunity!

  25. sarah morgan says:

    I would love to have you critique the first page of my WIP.
    memoir/narrative nonfiction. Thank you!

  26. Good morning!

    Thank you for offering a page critique ~

    I write romantic mystery

  27. I’d like to enter!

    Genre: YA contemp

  28. Laura Selinsky says:

    Hi Becca, I’d love to have the first page of my short-short critiqued. The genre is literary fiction (I hate writing that because I worry that people will think I’m disrespecting fantasy and science fiction).
    Thanks for the opportunity.
    Laura Selinsky

  29. Irene Wittig says:

    Hello. My genre is Historical fiction

  30. Talia says:

    Email: included 🙂

    Genre: YA Fantasy

  31. Emily Cushing says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    emcush (at) hotmail (dot) com

    MG Mystery

  32. Courtney! says:

    Thanks for this, Becca!

    Genre: urban fantasy

  33. Gerald Hapeman says:

    Thank you!

    Low Fantasy

  34. Hi Becca!

    I have a ready for your eyes Middle Grade light fantasy.


  35. Frances Rove says:

    I can’t believe it’s been a month since the last opportunity! Time flies when you are writing.

    Genre: Memoir

  36. Hi Becca, thank you again!

    Genre: Political Suspense/Mystery

  37. Genre: Young Adult contemporary

  38. dj1971@comcast (dot) net

    Genre: Suspense

  39. Thanks for giving your time to pay it forward.
    Adult Sci-Fi Thriller

  40. Genre: lnspirational Romance

  41. Angie Arland says:

    Thank you. I write science fiction adventure.

  42. Katja Rammer says:

    Hi Becca,
    I’d like to enter the contest. Thank you very much for this opportunity.

    genre: YA dystopia

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