Critiques 4 U

This first quarter of 2019 has been a whirlwind, for sure. I can’t believe we’re already into April. I’ve just returned from an exciting weekend at the WisRWA conference in Wisconsin where Angela and I were able to present together, be schooled in the world of cheese curds, and spend some quality time just hanging out.

Now that I’m back, I have no firm deadlines for the first time in I don’t know when. So I’m excited to catch up on stuff and get back to my regular duties, which includes some much-needed critiquing.

Critiques 4 U!


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. 

We run this contest on a monthly basis, so if you’d like to be notified when the next opportunity comes around, consider subscribing to our blog (see the left-hand sidebar).

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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42 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. I love you all for entering these contests! The winners for this round are Lori Widdison, Sarah Joyce Bryant, and Mary Jo Hazard.

    It’s so hard not to be able to pick all of you, particularly those of you who enter month after month. Keep trying! Have a great weekend :).

  2. Kirsty Moir says:

    This would be very helpful for me right now!

  3. Lara says:

    You’re awesome.

  4. Ranae Watts says:

    I appreciate the opportunity to have you look at my first page. It’s ready to go!

    Thank You,

  5. Karen Cioffi says:

    I’d love to be included!

  6. Debra M Daugherty says:

    I would love a critique of my first page.

  7. Renee Wildes says:

    Was nice meeting you both over lunch at WisRWA. The seminar on Emotional Wounding was SO helpful. Would love for you to see my first page.

  8. Glad you had a good time away. You have been busy! Always welcome a critique.

  9. Belinda Sikes says:

    After almost three years, my first page (and the rest of this book) has been through the wringer with rewrites, pro edits, and beta reads. It’s still not there. Help!

  10. Susan Dalessandro says:

    Sounds wonderful. Sign me up! Thank you.

  11. Hey! Thanks! I’d love to be included!

  12. :Donna says:

    I LOVE this pic of you two 😀 <3

  13. Judy L Mohr says:

    Yes, please. Count me in.

  14. Mel S says:

    Yes please, wonderful!

  15. John says:

    My first page is the best!


  16. I like this idea! Thank you for the opportunity to enter!

  17. I’m 100% ready and would love your critique.

  18. Susan Policoff says:

    I keep trying. Thanks for these contests.

  19. Amy Snyder says:

    You guys are the best!

  20. Charlotte Sasser says:

    Thank you for this opportunity! I would love any feedback you might offer.

  21. Thanks for doing this. It’s the kind of feedback authors covet.

  22. Talia says:

    Yes! Thanks for the opportunity!

  23. Gerald Hapeman says:

    Fingers crossed!

  24. Yes, please! And thank you for this opportunity.

  25. I love the photo of you and Angela together. I don’t need the critique.

  26. I would love to win a critique of my first page. Thank you for the opportunity!

  27. Hi Becca
    The first page of my new novel is ready and waiting!
    James Osborne

  28. Beverly King says:

    Thanks for the opportunity for help in seeing my first page clearly.

    It’s a romance.

  29. Beverly King says:

    You are such a great help to the writing community. Thanks for the opportunity to be chosen for a critique. It’s a modern romance.

  30. Spending quality time together is always a nice bonus 🙂

  31. Melanie Redler says:

    Thanks, Becca–I’ve just started something new, and would love your critique!

  32. Lori Widdison says:

    Pick me! Please. 😉

  33. Count me in! Fingers crossed. 🙂

  34. Karen McAtlin says:

    What a great opportunity! Thank you for offering this.

  35. Amanda H. says:

    Count me in!

  36. I’d be honored! Sounds like a much needed presentation, Becca.

  37. How can I pass up a chance like this? Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  38. Lisa Fowler says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. Thanks mostly for the great help you give to the writing community.

  39. Katja Rammer says:

    I’ll give it another try. Thanks.

  40. Gargi says:

    Thanks so much for this opportunity Becca! I am looking for feedback on a Time-travel Romance novel I’ve written.

  41. Enisa Haines says:

    You do so much to help writers write the best stories they can. Thank you.

  42. Judith Field says:

    I would so love to win this time! But thanks for running this, even if I don’t!

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