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 the blog (in the sidebar).
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 (double-spaced in 12-point font) 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 right-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.
Brian Pope says
I’m in! First page contest here we come!
MINDY ALYSE WEISS says
Thank you all so much for entering! The lucky winners of a first page critique from Becca are:
Huge congrats! I’ll e-mail you instructions. 🙂
I’d love a first page critique!
MacKenzie Maness says
I would love this opportunity! I have been writing my first piece with the intent to publish it one day. Your feedback would be invaluable to me as I just started my own journey to becoming a published author.
Barb Ristine says
I would love a critique,
Talia Goforth says
I would love some feedback!
I am thankful to DiAnn Mills for posting about your website and this opportunity. I plan to submit my first five pages to another writing contest by the middle of next month and would love extra feedback on my first page.
I am enjoying the resources you have to help writers, too. Thank you!
Cecilia Bamberg says
This is a wonderful idea. Of course I think my first page is great but what is the truth?
Tripp Davis says
The Christmas Closet, A Childrens Christmas Adventure, would love this also. Thanks for your consideration
Jessenia Concepcion says
This would be amazing!
Jenn Lessmann says
I’d love some feedback!
I need this!!
Linda Breeden says
I would appreciate a critque
Jennie Dugan says
I’d love to have your feedback on my first page. Thank you!
I’d love the feedback. Thanks!
Janet Smart says
Hi, Thanks so much for this opportunity. I always love getting feedback on my stories. If I’m not too late, count me in.
laurie herlich says
I would appreciate the feedback!
Thanks in advance.
I’d appreciate a look over my first page. Thanks for the opportunity.
Kate Zerrenner says
Considering how much I use the One Stop tool, I’d love to have you review my first page!
Patrick Witz says
Thank you for the opportunity of professional criticism. My writing group over the years has been very helpful in our critique sessions s. However, it would be both refreshing and enlightening to get an opinion outside my normal feedback bubble. I’d as well like to share any feedback with the group to further our collective writing skills.
Thank you so much for offering the opportunity! I’d certainly love the help. Best of luck to everyone!
Kerrie Herron says
I love this site, and I’m super excited about this giveaway! Thank you for donating your time! I would love some feedback on the first pages of my YA Fantasy #WIP, MYSTOVKA. 🙂
Kerrie Faye 🙂
Nancy Christie says
I’d love to have your comment on the first page of my novel, REINVENTING RITA!
Bonnie Martin says
I would love feedback on my work. Thank you for this opportunity.
Carol Graft says
What a great opportunity! I would appreciate first page critiquing.
Thank you for offering this.
Dina Mousa says
Hi! I’m writing a historical fiction novel set in Egypt (my home country) from 1946 to 1973. The story is loosely based on my mother’s life and the wars that tore the country apart. I would love a first-page review. Thank you so much for the kind offer!
Amber Knox says
This would be so helpful!
Kathleen Mayes says
I would love feedback on my first page. Fingers crossed!
Diana Lloyd says
I have a first page I’d love to get feedback on.
Vickie Escalante says
I’d love to be chosen. I’m close to finishing this manuscript and would welcome feedback.
I’d love to get your feedback on my first page. Thank you for this opportunity, and for providing wonderful resources for writers!
Having my first page critiqued would be a blessing.
Sandra Bunning says
I would love a chance to have my page reviewed.
Fingers crossed for this time!! Thanks so much for the opportunity!! LAL
Danielle Cook says
I’m restarting my writing journey after three horrific years (my husband passed, I sold my house to move across the country to be closer to relatives; I had three operations (one in which I nearly died) and then had to pack and move again during my recovery because of COVID). During that time, a fog of grief, stress, and exhaustion overwhelmed my brain. The words wouldn’t come. I finally have the mental focus and desire to write again. Having someone critique my first WIP page would be a great motivatior!
Lini Kadaba says
What a great contest! Hope I get the opportunity to see your feedback.
Hi, I’m working on a narrative and would love some feedback! Thank you 🙂
Laurie Wood says
I would appreciate your critique on my first page! Thank you for this opportunity!
Catherine Misener says
One of these months, my name will be picked. I just know it.
Wendy Underhill says
Thanks for offering this contest. All feedback is so valuable.
Jessica Kaye says
Hi! I would love another set of eyes on my new first page. Thanks!
Karla Diaz says
Time for a first-page check-up! I love that you share your time to help others. Thank you!
Beverley Burgess Bell says
Hoping to win. Thanks for the chance.
Yes please!! I see on the photo for this post, the first page starts halfway down the paper. I assume for this submission we can begin at the top of the paper, right? 🙂
ANGELA ACKERMAN says
The winners receive an email with instructions on length. 🙂
Thank you! This would be great.
Michael Emminger says
A*M*A*Z*E is terrific!
Rebecca Owens says
A great motivator to finish my manuscript, ‘Coming Home’.
Bonnie Woodward says
I love getting feedback on my work. Thank you for this opportunity!
Mary Luce says
I’d really, really love this.
Virginia Suckling says
Thanks for giving me the opportunity to have my first page critiqued.
I need your help to help me editing my novel title THE WELL which has 70,000 words.
Bethany S says
I’m polishing up a MS to hopefully start querying it in the next month or so, and I swear first pages are my kryptonite, so this would be absolutely amazing to win! Thanks for doing so much for the writing community.
The Forcing of Wrath, a phenomenal first page, is eager to be critiqued.
Jacquolyn McMurray says
Would love feedback on my first page. Thanks for the opportunity.
Suzanne Lewis says
Sounds great. Would love this. Manuscript complete.