Hey, wonderful writerly people! It’s time for our monthly first-page critique contest 🙂
This contest is closed. Please try again next month. If you’d like to be notified when the next one goes live, consider subscribing to our newsletter.
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.
▪ 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. Resources for common problems writers encounter in their opening pages can be found here.
▪ This contest only runs for 24 hours, start to finish, so get your comment in there!
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!
PS: If you want to amp up your first page, grab our helpful First Pages checklist from One Stop for Writers. And for more instruction on these important opening elements, see this Mother Lode of First Page Resources.
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.
This is a great opportunity for feedback, as I continue my memoir. Thank you.
BECCA PUGLISI says
Ok, the winners for this month are Vivienne Sang, Mica Rossi, and Leah. I’ll be in touch via email about your first pages.
Everyone else: I think you’re awesome. Some of you I see entering this contest month after month after month. If your name hasn’t come up yet, please don’t give up, because perseverance does usually pay off.
December is packed, so I’ll see you for the next contest in January.
Catherine Misener says
I love Joy’s comment!
Joy V Spicer says
Aw thanks, Catherine. It certainly feels that way as I refuse to give up 😁
Jenny Hansen says
Yes, yes, yes. Pick meeeeeee! 🙂
Anna Hughes says
Would greatly appreciate feedback on my first page! (:
Benjamin Compton says
Sign me up, please.
Michelle west says
I would like a critique of my first page. thanks.
Steven Pelzer says
Yes, I’d love a first page critique. Thanks!
Beverly King says
What a fabulous opportunity. Thank you! I write romance rom-com
Beverly King says
This is a fabulous opportunity. Count me in. Romance!
I welcome the chance to have a first page critique. Thanks for the opportunity.
Lisa Brown says
Yes please, I would love a critique of my first page.
Yes please 🙂
Joanne Van Raaphorst says
I would love to show you my first pages. A wonderful opportunity , thank you .
Kimberly Burkhardt says
I would love to participate!!! Thanks for the opportunity.
Brian Pope says
Count me in!
Mary Luce says
I’d love a critique.
Elizabeth McD says
Mica Rossi says
I’d love to have my first page reviewed. Thanks for the chance!
Gifford MacShane says
I just started a new book and would love your feedback on my first page.
Christina K. Gross says
My first page will open wide the door to your imagination.
Lynne Clark says
oh, yes please!!!
cheryl mackey says
This looks fun thank you!
Fritzie von Jessen says
I have been following your blog for years. It’s been very helpful in improving my writing. Thanks.
Oh! I’m late to the game! In anticipation for next month, am I understanding correctly? Do I need a WordPress account?
Germán Vilaseca says
I wanna have a page critic 🙂
Maybe this month I’ll get lucky!
Catherine Shields says
I’d love to participate in the First Page contest! Thanks for the opportunity!
Muffy Walker says
Hi, I’d love to participate. Thanks!
I am not satisfied with the first page of my WIP, after several attempts. It would be immeasurably helpful to have feedback from you.
Mary Patrick says
I would love to share my first page. It’s ready to go.
Thanks for having these contests,
What a great contest! Thanks for all of your great resources. I would love to participate.
Lisa Lickel says
I’d love to participate in the First Page contest! Thanks for the opportunity.
What a great opportunity! I just found your blog through your Amazon page. I’d love this if I win it.
Obadiah would love for you to choose his opening page.
Vivienne Sang says
Great opportunity to have a first page critique. Thanks.
Joy V Spicer says
To quote one of the greatest writers – ‘Once more upon the breach, dear friends’ 😉