Critiques 4 U

Contest is closed! See you next month.

Happy New Year! We hope that your holidays were everything you expected them to be—a relaxing and peaceful foray into what is to come or a spectacularly fabulous goodbye to the past. Angela and I are jumping with both feet (as we tend to do) into 2020 and are excited about the year ahead. We hope you are, too. And I can’t think of a better way to kick things off than with some free critiques!

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!


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. Anna Hague says:

    Definitely would like feedback

  2. Thanks for entering, everyone. The winners are Bonni Mergenthaler, Janice Hampton, and Debora Dyess. I’ll be in touch with you three shortly.

    I don’t respond to individual comments (unless someone has a question) for these contests because I don’t want to mess with the entry count, but please know that I see every entry and wish I could honor all of them. I’ll see you in February!

  3. Susanne says:

    I’m keen to have my first page critiqued too.
    Cheers to a great 2020 for all.

  4. Kevin Garner says:

    Greetings from Texas!

  5. Susan Grillo says:

    I’d love a critique. I’m struggling to start a book with multiple characters that all meet up in the first chapter.

  6. Ricky T Hsu says:

    Me please.

  7. Hannah says:

    Finally entering this after months & months! I’m in the second stage of revisions right now, so my first page isn’t perfect, but a critique on the big picture elements (like characterization) would be great! *fingers crossed*

  8. Dianna Gunn says:

    Happy New Year, and thanks for hosting these! I could really use a first page critique right about now 🙂

  9. MasterThief says:

    I’ll take one!

  10. I would like a critique of my first page.

  11. A critique is highly appreciated, Thank you!


  12. Bella Sikes says:

    Hello, wonderful, generous people!
    I would love a critique.

  13. Nikki says:

    I’d love a first page critique.

  14. Sarah Mohler says:

    A critique would be a fantastic way to start the new year! I would appreciate the advice!

  15. John Catan says:

    I would like a first page critique. Thanks!

  16. Rhiannon M says:

    What a great opportunity! I’d love a critique!

  17. Ann Feinstein says:

    I would of course love your feedback. Happy New year.

  18. Val Neil says:

    Your timing is impeccable. I just rewrote my intro.

  19. I’d love to get some feedback. First pages are so important.

  20. Susan Johnston Taylor says:

    I’d love a critique!

  21. Debora Dyess says:

    I’d love your input!

  22. Kim T says:

    Sounds wonderful!

  23. A critique would be most welcome.

  24. Diane Turner says:

    I would love a critique. Thank you.

  25. Krystyna says:

    I would love for you to critique my first page…

  26. Deb says:

    Yes,please to a critique. Bless you!

  27. Claire Mendenhall says:

    Would love a critique!

  28. Carla Young says:

    What a generous offer! Thank you!

  29. Happy New Year!
    I would to participate , thank you for the opportunity!

    elysian nooks

  30. Happy New Year 🙂
    I’m excited to work on my writing plans for this year.

  31. Hanna Maulseed says:

    yes i would love a critique please merci

  32. K.L. Baxton says:

    Happy New Year! Thanks for offering a free critique I’d love to be chosen.

  33. I’d love a critique!

  34. Dick Berman says:

    I’d like a critique

  35. Janice Hampton says:

    I to would like to win this. Thank you for the opportunity.

    Best regards,
    Janice Hampton

  36. Frances Rove says:

    I would really appreciate a first of the year, first-page critique. I’m writing a memoir.

  37. Bonni Mergenthaler says:

    I’d love a first page critique.

  38. Stephanie Wayman says:

    I would love a critique, please.

  39. Dave Parks says:

    Top of the morning to you!
    I’d love for you to critique Elijah’s opening page.

  40. Susan Policoff says:

    Happy New Year! I enter this every month!

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