Critiques 4 U!

Happy October, people! The leaves may be changing where you are, or, if you’re me, it’s still hotter than Hades. Regardless, the writing and critiquing must go on, so let’s get to our monthly first-page contest, shall we?


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).

Three commenters’ names will be randomly drawn and posted tomorrow morning. 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!

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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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43 Responses to Critiques 4 U!

  1. Ok! The winners for this month are Lisa Carlisle, Katelyn, and Amanda H. I’ll be in touch shortly with you three.

    Thanks for entering, everyone! Enjoy the fall weather (if you get it where you live), and I’ll see you next month :).

  2. Sara Beth says:

    Super awesome thanks for offering these every month. Very fun. Also I love fall soo much. It’s been unusually warm here, but I can see all the leaves changing, and I Love it. I can’t wait to take photos

  3. Shannon says:

    S.O.S.!!! Desperately seeking feedback!

  4. Sophia Brinton says:

    This would be fantastic!

  5. Bonnie Woodward says:

    I’d love to have my work critiqued. I can’t improve if I don’t know what is wrong. Thanks!

  6. Heather says:

    Thanks for the generous chance.

  7. Maria Giddings says:

    Cool opportunity!

  8. You have written much informative blog on “critiques” my professor suggests me to visit here and read it. I will share this on my platform the readers get knowledge about this, Thanks.

  9. Susan Grillo says:

    Thanks for offering this great opportunity.

  10. Jan Sikes says:

    Sharing everywhere!

  11. Kim Taffy says:

    Here we go again! Fingers crossed

  12. Dave Parks says:

    Oh, pick me.
    My pumpkin patch is the most sincere.
    Please pick me!

  13. Sam says:

    Here I am trying my luck again.
    Thank you so much for this opportunity

  14. Janet Wright says:

    Thanks for offering this chance for winning a first page critique. That would be really useful to me as I’m struggling with revising my story’s opening.

  15. Sahara Foley says:

    Would love a look at the first page of my Post-apocalyptic story. Thxs for the opportunity.

  16. Liz Searle says:

    Legend has it (although probably a rather recent legend), that if you look into the mirror and say “Pumpkin Spice Latte” three times a suburban white girl in yoga pants will appear and tell you everything she loves about fall.

    (You said “any comment.”) :>)

  17. Ana says:

    Hello. Are you guys the only ones who read the first page or do you post it on this blog as well to share the feedback?

    Kind regards.

  18. Pam Martin says:

    Need help on my finished fiction book! Lost my critique group here which helped so much. It is about a woman who owns an Italian restaurant and she is related to a mobster and I hope lots of action plus a little romance.

  19. Brandi Montenegro says:

    This would be amazing! Thank you guys for doing this for us. 😊

  20. What a great opportunity. Fingers crossed. Thank you!

  21. Stephanie says:

    Me please. The feedback would be grealy appreciated

  22. Thanks for the possible opportunity!

  23. Tambrey Granneman says:

    I’d love to have the first page of my supernatural thriller critiqued!

  24. Katelyn says:

    What a great opportunity! 🙂

  25. Beverly King says:

    I look forward to having my first page of women’s fiction critiqued by you.
    Thanks for the opportunity.


  26. Mary says:

    please share instructions on how to submit to Critiques 4 U

    • It’s in the post?

      “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.”

  27. Kimberley Bailey says:

    Thanks for the chance!!

  28. June Sullivan says:

    Would love to have my first page critiqued by you. Thanks for this opportunity to enter.

  29. Glynis Jolly says:

    I would appreciate a critique of the first page of my new WIP. In hopes that I’m picked for this…

    Happy Halloween!

  30. Gerald Hapeman says:

    Once more into the breach…

  31. Ooh, I’d love feedback on the opening of my MG fantasy!


  32. Amanda H. says:


  33. Renee Wildes says:

    Would love for you to see the first page of the sci fi romance story I want to send to Champagne Book Group after they reopen to submissions on January first.

  34. Anne Greening says:

    I have just finished extensively re-writing the first chapter of my romantic novel, and would value your comment on the first page. May I send you the first page for consideration for this contest? Sorry, I was unsure whether I could just go ahead and send you my script, so thought I’d better ask first.

    Many thanks.

  35. Paula Cappa says:

    I would love a first page critique of my novel. It’s a supernatural mystery.
    Paula Cappa

  36. Ruchama Burrell says:

    I’ve been living with/working on my WIP for literally years. My first page would love to have a critique.

  37. Susan Policoff says:

    Just got the box set. Great job. Now I would love a critique of my first page!

  38. Judith Field says:

    I’d be delighted if you picked me! Thanks for the opportunity.


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