Critiques 4 U


Welp, Angela’s away on a well-deserved vacation, which means I’m getting all kinds of things done. Which means it’s time for a critique contest!

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 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).

I typically pick winners using a random number generator, but I’ve decided to do things differently this time. ‘Cause I’m mixxy like that ;). Just be sure to enter by the time the contest ends tomorrow morning, and we’ll see what happens.

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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34 Responses to Critiques 4 U

  1. Thanks so much for entering, everyone! I truly believe that writing success is as much about hard work and stick-to-it-iveness as it is talent. It’s a long, hard slog with the rejection often outweighing the encouragement. So with this month’s contest, I’d like to honor those who persevere.

    I’ve looked over the past six months of contests, and there are a number of people who have entered over and over again. The three people I see who have entered five times or more are

    Jessica Swafford, Katja Rammer, and Talia. They are the winners for this week.

    There were so many of you who have entered three and four times recently; I wish I could have picked all of you. I hope this encourages everyone to keep trying at whatever you’re working toward. Don’t give up! Good things do happen to those who stick with it.

    Have a great week!

  2. Mary Jo Caffrey says:

    Please include me in this contest.

  3. Susan Policoff says:

    I keep trying! I love this contest, and I find the comments interesting. You have great posts, btw!

  4. Talia says:

    Oh I would love to have a critique!!

  5. Beverley Burgess Bell says:

    Oh goody. Keeping my fingers crossed that I get picked

  6. Diane Turner says:

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  7. Sherryl says:

    Hope I got this in in time!

  8. Beverley Burgess Bell says:

    Would love to participate. When do we send you the first page?

  9. Stephanie Wayman says:

    I’ve been fighting with my first pages for a year and would love fresh eyes on them.

  10. Amanda H. says:

    Count me in! Thank you for the opportunity!

  11. GOODIS says:

    I am glad you choose not to pick usin random umbers generator. I have no luck wahatsoever at gambling (lol).

  12. Kathleen Grzanich says:

    This would be amazing to win!

  13. Brooke Goodwin says:

    I love that you guys do this more than just like once a year or something like that!

  14. I agree with everyone! This is a wonderful opportunity, Becca. Thanks for the offer. I just want to be sure my e-mail is available to you: Here’s hoping. All best to you!

  15. Jessica Swafford says:

    A critique? Yes, please! Thank you for the opportunity 😊

  16. Judy L Mohr says:

    You’re so awesome, Becca. Totally love your dedication to writers.

  17. Amy Snyder says:

    I love these contests and would just love to know your thoughts on my first page!

  18. Allison Hong Merrill says:

    Thank you so much for the critique contest.

  19. Belinda Sikes says:

    I would love a critique. My novel has been beta read and unsuccessfully queried.

  20. Susan Grillo says:

    Have rewritten the first page several times but still not sure if it is good. Thanks for the opportunity.

  21. As always, any feedback is appreciated! Love all the useful posts.

  22. Thanks again for this very generous opportunity!

  23. I would love, love, love one of your critiques. I am ready to send my novel out to beta readers right now.

    I just got a notice of a duplicate comment, which is not true. I hope you get this.

  24. Richard says:

    Please count me in for the lottery too. 🙂

  25. Mally Becker says:

    My protagonist would tell you that she doesn’t need anyone’s help. Ever. But I do! I’d love your suggestions about how to strengthen my first page. Fingers crossed.

  26. Katja Rammer says:

    would like to join.thanks for the opportunity

  27. Helen Shorrocks says:

    Would love your feedback on my first page.

  28. Anna Hague says:

    It was a dark and stormy night. Yes, what a perfect first line. 😂

  29. Mary Luce says:

    I’m in!

  30. Judith Field says:

    Yes, please! I would really appreciate this chance to get a critique.

  31. Enisa Haines says:

    Always a wonderful opportunity to have work critiqued by you. And your posts are so so useful to writers.

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