It’s time for our monthly critique contest, and editor and writing coach Sara Letourneau is back to offer feedback on the winners’ first pages.
Visit the Heart of the Story website to learn more about working with Sara or her writer website to read some of her poetry and freelance writing.
This month’s contest will work exactly the same as it usually does, only Sara will be the one contacting you if you win.
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, Sara will be able to contact you if your first page is chosen. Just please know that if she’s unable to get in touch with you through that address, you’ll have to forfeit your win.
Please be sure your first page is ready to go so she 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 her right away, let me 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, Sara will be in contact to get your first page and offer her 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.
BECCA PUGLISI says
Ok! So the winners for this round are Laura Lynn, Deborah Makarios, and Morgyn Star.
Thanks so much for entering, everyone! I’ll see you next month 🙂
Deborah Makarios says
Yay! Thank you!
First page already on its way to Sara 🙂
BECCA PUGLISI says
Awesome! I’m sure you’ll get some helpful feedback from her. Have a great week!
Sam Muller says
Thanks for helping out struggling writers.
Would love a critique of my SF romance!
LINDA STRAWN says
You’ve got my attention. My first page is waiting =)
Laura Lynn says
So many writers with pages to read. Hope I am one of them. Good luck everyone.
Lynn Farnham says
Hi. I’ve got a new fantasy story started, would love to have it critiqued. Thanks.
Deborah Makarios says
Ooo, I’d love to have some more expert eyes on my first page – I’m mired in rewrites!
Sue Burrows says
I would love a critique of my first page please 🌝
Jeffery Love says
I am SO in. Let’s do this!
Hannah White says
I love that you all do this. It’s such an amazing opportunity! Thank you, Sara, for joining this month!
Diana McDowell says
Good luck to everyone, but I hope I can be one of the lucky ones 🙂
Cora Janzen says
Would love to enter this month’s Critiques 4 U contest!
Susan Policoff says
Who wouldn’t love a critique? These contests are really cool. But so is the whole site.
Richard Hebert says
Wish I were good enough to have a first page. Can anyone tell me how to format the first page.
ANGELA ACKERMAN says
Becca or Sara will send instructions on how to format the first page to anyone who wins. 🙂 If you’re looking for help on first pages, try this: https://writershelpingwriters.net/2018/11/the-powerball-of-first-page-resources/
SILVANA G. SÁNCHEZ says
Thank you for this opportunity! I’m ready! Best of luck to everyone. 🙂
Amy Snyder says
Thank you for hosting these awesome contests!
Yay Sara! I have a different project I just started that I would love your feedback on, so it would be great to win. 🙂
My first page is prepared for a critique. Can’t wait.
Stephanie VanDyke says
Good morning! Thank you for considering me! I hope to hear from you!
Kimberley Bailey says
Thanks for the opportunity!!
Morgyn Star says
Sara, would love to have your eyes on my first page of a high fantasy trilogy.
Also will be reaching out about your speaking with my crit group, Fantasy Faction.
Cathy M says
My first page needs a critique! Here’s hoping I win 🙂
Hi Sara, thanks for the upportunity!
My novel-in-progress is about an ADHD family who finds a secret ADHD wonderland, and sets out to change society’s views.
Unless they forget.
Hope to be among the lucky chosen ones…!
Dorothyanne Brown says
Hi Sara! Good to hear from you – will be contacting you shortly re my literary fiction novel…
Lisa Fowler says
Thank you for this opportunity.
Beverley Burgess Bell says
I’m in and hoping to be chosen. Thanks so much.
Mary Patrick says
Sara, you’ve got a great website and a wonderful story about how you got started. Thanks for sharing a little about yourself and the Heart of the Story.
Amanda H. says
Count me in!
Mally Becker says
I’d love a first-page critique for my historical suspense story!
Judith Field says
Hi, I’d love to win! My first page is ready to go. Thanks for this chance.