Critiques 4 U

You guys! The apples are ripe! My family and I did our annual apple picking thing yesterday. The kids were less enthusiastic than I was. Sure, they don’t want to pick the apples, but they’re happy to snarf down the muffins, applesauce, pie, crumble, and whatever else I can find to cram fruit into. Reminds me of a certain children’s story…

On the other hand, I know y’all are always enthusiastic about our monthly critique contest, so let’s do that.



If you’re working on a first page (in any genre except erotica) and would like some objective feedback, please leave a comment. Any comment :). As long as the email address associated with your WordPress account/comment profile is up-to-date, I’ll be able to contact you if your first page is chosen. Just please know that if I’m unable to get in touch with you through that address, you’ll have to forfeit your win.

Two caveats:

▪    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, let me ask that you plan on entering the next contest, once any necessary tweaking has been taken care of.

▪    I’d like to be able to use portions of winning submissions as illustrations in an upcoming presentation I’m creating on first pages. By entering the Critiques 4 U contest, you’ll be granting permission for me to use small writing samples only (no author names or book titles).

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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36 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. Thanks for entering, everyone! The winners for this month are…

    Reagan Colbert
    Julie M Brown, and
    Emily K Martin

    Enjoy the rest of the week, and I’ll see you in October!

  2. Jay Hicks says:

    Thank you for the fabulous opportunity – that first page is a promise to the reader, from agent to bookstore, everyone has to love those first lines.

  3. Roa Demille says:

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Esosa says:

    I’ll love some feedback too.

  5. Susan Grillo says:

    Would love a critique. Been rewriting but still not sure it’s the best it can be.

  6. Boris says:

    Are screenplays eligible for critique?

  7. Ruth says:

    Pick me! 🙂

  8. Helen Shorrocks says:

    I would love some feedback on my first page.

  9. Evette says:

    Hey, thanks for the opportunity

  10. Hello! Thanks for posting this contest! 🙂

  11. KRISTEN HOWE says:

    Thanks Becca for this contest. I remember doing something like this years ago for two mss. Count me in.

  12. Jay Hicks says:

    Thank you for the opportunity. You’ve sparked my interest about using these critique segments in a presentation. I love looking at first pages – they make or break a contract with the reader imo.

  13. Judy L Mohr says:

    Apples… Can I get some? I love freshly picked apples.

  14. Emma Finlayson-Palmer says:

    What a great opportunity ☺

  15. Linda says:

    I’d love your feedback on the first page of my short story.

  16. Eugen Hoble says:

    I have two horror short stories , ripe like the apples.
    I’ll be happy to hear your critique, Becca.

  17. Thank you for the opportunity!

  18. LINDA STRAWN says:

    This sounds like a great opportunity.

  19. Leta McCurry says:

    Thanks for your informative posts and for this opportunity.

  20. Fritzie von Jessen says:

    Your books and blogs are the best tools in my writer’s tool kit.

  21. Beverly King says:

    This is a sweet romance and I’ve re-written the beginning X number of times!

    I’d love this chance for your eyes to view it.

  22. I want to win!! Thanks Becca 🙂

  23. Paula Cappa says:

    I have a first page of a ghost story (short story). Would love some feedback.

  24. Sherry Kesling says:

    Yes, I would like feedback on my personal essay.

  25. I’d be grateful for your expert eyes on my middle grade fantasy first page! Thanks, Becca!!

  26. Frances Rove says:

    How about a mystery memoir? I’d love some feedback from you.

  27. Jack A. Ori says:

    I’m so excited about this! I’ve rewritten my opening five times and I’m finally in a place where it’s ready for feedback.

  28. Allison Merrill says:

    Thanks so much for doing this.

  29. Katja Rammer says:

    Yes, please! I#d love some feedback!

  30. Mary Luce says:

    I’m in!

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