Critiques 4 U

CONTEST CLOSED

Hello, friends! How’s everybody doing? It’s a little overwhelming, isn’t it—working from home (maybe with kids), social distancing (ack, with kids), homeschooling (definitely with kids)…

But it’s ok. As humans, we’re good at adapting. We make lemons from lemonade and make the best of our weird situations. This one is no different. We will get through it.

One way to do that is to maintain normalcy in whatever ways we can. So at Writers Helping Writers, we’re rolling out our monthly first-page critique contest. Business as usual :).

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!

About BECCA PUGLISI

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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Hannah
Hannah
10 months ago

Currently working on my 2nd draft, so I’m in the midst of developmental edits (characterization, plot, etc). I’d love some feedback!

Bonnie Woodward
Bonnie Woodward
10 months ago

I’d love to have my first page critiqued. Thank you for this opportunity!

John Di Carlo
John Di Carlo
10 months ago

In principio erat verbam. Unfortunately, we usually choose the wrong ones. HELP!

Renita Bradley
10 months ago

I hope this is still open. I’d love a critique!

Karen McAtlin
10 months ago

I hope you’re all well! Thank you so much for the opportunity!

Sherryl Clark
Sherryl Clark
10 months ago

Feedback on my first page would be great, thank you!

Laurie Logan
Laurie Logan
10 months ago

I’d love a first page critique! Thanks for the entry!

Rhiannon M
Rhiannon M
10 months ago

What a great opportunity – I’d love your eyes on my YA contemporary – thank you!!

Laura Sottile
10 months ago

I would LOVE some feedback on my short story. I am a newbie a this—wouldn’t it be nice to help a long a novice….struggling…along the desert floor…thirsty for a waterback…I mean feedback….

AM I supposed to leave a first page attachment here??

Kira Decker
Kira Decker
10 months ago

This is so awesome! Thank you.

Kimberley Bailey
Kimberley Bailey
10 months ago

Thanks for the opportunity!!

Marcie McEachern
10 months ago

Oops! I think I accidentally left a reply on another comment instead of posting my own. Sorry about that. I’d love a set of eyes on the first pages of my new WIP, a contemporary romance. Thanks!

Kim Lightle
Kim Lightle
10 months ago

HEWWOOOOO!!!! Yes, I should very much like to have my first page critiqued!

Thank you very much for doing this!

Beverly King
Beverly King
10 months ago

Loved the Napolean joke.

I have a contemporary romance I’d like a critique on how to spark up the 1st page.

Julie
Julie
10 months ago

What a lovely offer! Feedback on my MG first page would be great!
Thank you,
Julie

John Catan
John Catan
10 months ago

Hi, I’m interested in a first page critique. Thank you.

Amber Mae
10 months ago

Where did Napolean keep his armies?

In his sleevies?

SNORT

K, clearly I’m needing some quarantine intervention, cause that joke’s been stuck in my head all week. Thanks for offering this! It’s just what we need right now.

ANGELA ACKERMAN
Admin
10 months ago
Reply to  Amber Mae

I laughed WAY TOO HARD. LOL!

Marcie McEachern
10 months ago
Reply to  Amber Mae

I’d love a set of eyes on the first pages of my new WIP. It’s a contemporary romance. Thanks!

Anna Hague
10 months ago

I’ve put one aside and want to start again and finish it soon. I need help.

Mike Lyons
Mike Lyons
10 months ago

Pick me!

Liz Searle
Liz Searle
10 months ago

You guys are the next best thing to chocolate!

Jarm Del Boccio
10 months ago

I have a MG historical fiction that has been rejected many times. I’d love fresh eyes on it!

Cheryl Potts
10 months ago

Hello to all you isolated writers out there. Little excuse for not writing right now, is there? Anyway, I am writing a historical novel about the life of Martha Washington. I would love some feedback on page one. Thank you so for doing this. Stay healthy.

Gerald Hapeman
Gerald Hapeman
10 months ago

I’m squashing it at home… Thanks. Fingers crossed.

James
James
10 months ago

Hello there. Im james. I write horror and I am currently working on a YA horror and MG both of which could use first page critiques. Thank you very much for doing this 🙂

Dawn
10 months ago

I have a sci-fi I’m writing that needs help. I’ve been told by beta-readers that the first chapter doesn’t get them into the story. I need more insight as to why and what I can do to spruce it up. Thanks!

K.L. Baxton
K.L. Baxton
10 months ago

I’m so glad you’re willing to offer critiques, and I’d appreciate one for my MG urban fantasy. Thanks, K.L.

Blaine D. Arden
10 months ago

“As humans, we’re good at adapting.”
I agree. We’re already doing it 🙂

Throwing my hat into the ring for critique 4U.

Karen L Hallam
10 months ago

Sounds great! Thank for doing this.

Sedona Hutton
10 months ago

Hi Becca – I would love a critique of my contemporary romance…and I have a first page ready. Thanks so much! Chris C