Hey, wonderful writerly people! It’s time for our monthly first-page critique contest! This month, winners will receive feedback from a professional editor. So exciting! 🙂
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 the blog (in the sidebar).
If you’re working on a first page 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.
*Genres NOT included in this month’s contest: horror, children’s & nonfiction. Please note any content warnings in your work (violence, gore, abuse, sexual assault, etc.).
Here’s the editor you’ll be working with:
Emily Ohanjanians is a professional fiction editor with over 15 years’ experience in publishing. She has acquired, edited and published novels for big publishers like Harlequin and HarperCollins, ranging from debuts to New York Times bestsellers. Her portfolio spans many genres, including book-club fiction, women’s fiction, contemporary romance, romantic comedy, humor fiction, suspense and thrillers, historical and speculative fiction.
She loves the process of helping writers shape their stories, and offers a wide range of editing services, including editorial assessments, developmental edits, line edits, query & submission package reviews. Visit www.emilyohanjanians.com for more details about her services, books she’s edited and testimonials, and to contact Emily directly. She’d love to hear from you!
- This month’s contest will work the same as it usually does…except our amazing guest editor will be the one sending feedback if you win.
- Please be sure your first page (double-spaced in 12-point font) is ready to go so Emily 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, please plan on entering the next contest, once any necessary tweaking has been taken care of.
- 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, I’ll contact you with information about sending it to me. Then, I’ll forward it to Emily for 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 right-hand sidebar).
Good luck! I can’t wait to see who the winners will be. 🙂
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.
The 2nd volume of The Conflict Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Obstacles, Adversaries, and Inner Struggles is releasing in just a few weeks. Check back on September 6th to see the fabulous prizes we’re giving away with this launch!
Mindy loves giving back to the writing community. She’s a founding member and Administrator on the From the Mixed-Up Files…of Middle-Grade Authors blog, an SCBWI volunteer, and host of the PBParty chats, New Draft Challenge & Critique Train, and annual contest. She writes middle grade novels and picture books filled with humor, heart, and hope and is represented by Joyce Sweeney.
DJ Smith says
Hope I see this sooner next month. I see you’ve picked the winners already. I’m writing a memoir. Hope you use that genre sometime.
MINDY ALYSE WEISS says
Hi DJ. I’m sorry you missed the contest this month. It runs for 24 hours, so it helps to receive the Writers Helping Writers blog via e-mail (you can subscribe in the upper right of the page).
We state which genres aren’t included…anything not mentioned is included.
Fingers crossed that you’ll make it in time in September!
MINDY ALYSE WEISS says
Thank you all for entering the contest! The lucky winners are:
Huge congrats everyone! I’ll e-mail the winners and let them know how to send me their first pages so I can forward them to Emily.
Alicia Winter says
First-page comments can alter the course of a book! I hope I win!.
Dina Mousa says
Thank you for the opportunity! This is very generous. I would love to get feedback on the opening page of my novel.
Emily Holewczynski says
I would absolutely love a first page critique! Thanks for this opportunity!
Lora Doncea says
I would love to have this opportunity! 🙂
Gifford MacShane says
Hi, I just started a new book and would love some feedback! Thanks for the opportunity.
Love to have this!
Susan Ward says
I’d love to have some proper feedback. An “editor” did a sample edit on my first chapter some time ago and I don’t think it improved it.
Kimberly Burkhardt says
Fingers crossed for this one
Jeanette (J.M.) Dover says
I would love the opportunity to have my first page critiqued!
Nancie Turner says
I’d love to have a critique of my first page. Fingers crossed.
Barb Ristine says
I would love a critique! Thanks for the opportunity.
I’d love to have my first page critiqued. It needs help!
Lisa Adams-Lloyd says
Count me in! Thanks for the opportunity!!
Thanks for the opportunity!
Victoria Waddle says
Thanks for all you do! This is a great opportunity.
Chuck Richardson says
Thanks for the opportunity
Anita Banks says
This is an awesome opportunity for anyone!
Beverley Burgess Bell says
Thanks for this wonderful opportunity. Hoping I’ll win!
Amy Pinkston says
I’d love to have a critique of my first page. Thank you!
Jan Sikes says
I would be thrilled and honored to have my first pages read and critiqued!
I’d love my first page to be picked!
Catherine Misener says
I’d appreciate a first page critique!
Glenn Liddy says
Ohita Afeisume says
Please I will like my work to be critiqued
Susan Stasiak says
I so appreciate the contest idea. Thanks.
Mary Luce says
Lynne Clark says
I’d love to be added into this month’s competition, please! Thanks!
I’d like to enter, please.
Emma Gaulton says
I’d like my first page critiqued, please.
Dawn Steffler says
Chris L says
Thank you for having this contest! I would love to get some feedback on the first pages of my book.