Critiques 4 U!

Welp, the calendar may disagree, but summer is in full swing in my neck of the woods, and we’re making the most of it. So far, that includes a trip to the grandparents’, beach days, and heading to Starbucks to order off of the secret menu (hey, it’s the little things). Whatever season you’re in, no matter what’s happening where you are, I hope you’re enjoying time with family and friends and taking care of yourself.

Submitting your first page for critique may be part of that important self-care. Or, possibly, the idea of letting someone else read your writing is as appealing as dental work. If it’s the latter for you, get out your brown paper bag and take big breaths, because it’s time for another critique contest.

CONTEST CLOSED

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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Jenn Hale and Holly Mora

How fun!! We’d love to join the contest!!

-Jenn and Holly

Ted
Ted
4 months ago

I would like to throw my proverbial hat in the proverbial ring.

Robert Easterbrook
Robert Easterbrook
4 months ago

Here’s a random comment – hope you’re having a great day.

Ann
Ann
4 months ago

Thanks for this amazing opportunity.

Rhiannon M
Rhiannon M
4 months ago

A critique of my first page would be wonderful, thanks for the opportunity!

Ann Edall-Robson
4 months ago

A critique of the first page of my WIP would be great.

Jean Grabow
Jean Grabow
4 months ago

Your site has been so helpful! And would value your read!

Happy summer!

June Sullivan
June Sullivan
4 months ago

Thanks for the opportunity.

My best,

Angie
4 months ago

Sure, why not? But which one do you want? #1 or #2? I’ll ponder that.

Julie Shattuck
Julie Shattuck
4 months ago

Hi Becca,
I’d love a 1st page critique! My WIP is a MG contemporary fantasy.
Thank you,
Julie

Donna Prince
Donna Prince
4 months ago

Hi Becca,
My first page of “Common Knowledge” , a historical fiction novel would appreciate your feedback.
Thanks!

Mermaid Scribbler
Mermaid Scribbler
4 months ago

What a wonderful contest. Thanks!

Diane Turner
Diane Turner
4 months ago

Thank you for this opportunity.

Kim Taffy
Kim Taffy
4 months ago

I hope I get picked! Thank you for the great opportunity!

Richard Berman
4 months ago

Thanks.
My genre is action/adventure. Think Brad Thor, Marc Cameron, Mark Greaney, etc. It is the second in the Eric Burns series.

Jerry Harwood
4 months ago

I would love to have a first page critiqued.

Blaine D. Arden
4 months ago

We’re having heavy rains over here. Then again, the plants did desperately need water.

I’d love some fresh eyes on my first page 🙂

Kimberley Bailey
Kimberley Bailey
4 months ago

I would love a critique on my first page. It’s a paranormal mystery with romance elements.

Jessica Swafford
Jessica Swafford
4 months ago

I could definitely use some help. Thanks!

Joe Adams
Joe Adams
4 months ago

Would love to get a critique of my first page!

Teresa Karlinski
Teresa Karlinski
4 months ago

I would love a critique. Thank you.
I am working on a contemporary piece/women’s fiction/intergenerational novel.

Justine Brashear
4 months ago

Hi Becca, I would LOVE to have a critique from you. My novel is Contemporary Women’s Fiction/ New Adult. It’s complete (after many, many revisions) and going through the beta-reading process right now. Thanks so much for your consideration!

Cathy Hendrix
Cathy Hendrix
4 months ago

I would love your feedback on my first page. It’s an adult fantasy called The Searing Sands.

Shalena
4 months ago

Love this! Thanks!

Teresa Hanley
Teresa Hanley
4 months ago

I would love to get a critique done as unsure of best opening. Thank you for giving us the opportunity and for all the advice you give on your site.

Anna Hague
4 months ago

Yes. I’m working on the second book in a series and have changed the opening twice already.

Nicholas Murray
Nicholas Murray
4 months ago

Your input would be both appreciated and very helpful. Please count me in. Thanks.

Sarah Mohler
Sarah Mohler
4 months ago

I just had my first page critiqued by my critique group and would love your opinion!

Marcie McEachern
4 months ago

My page is ready to go. Thanks for running this contest!