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.
▪ 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.
MINDY ALYSE WEISS says
Thank you all for visiting Writers Helping Writers and entering our contest. The three lucky winners are…
Huge congrats! I’ll send all three winners an e-mail with instructions. 🙂
T. L. Sherwood says
How awesome! Thank you for doing this!
Eric Pagan says
This is great, Always looking for feedback!
Glenn Liddy says
I am interested in having my page reviewed.
Mary Pakusch says
I would love to have feedback on my first page!
Regis DeArza says
What a fantastic opportunity
Sam Muller says
Thanks for this great help. Goot luck to everyone commenting including me.
Alicia Winter says
Sign me up for the contest!!
Nicole Egan says
I would welcome the opportunity!
Cecilia Bamberg says
Thanks for the opportunity!
Angie Alban says
I am thrilled by this opportunity to polish my novel’s first page. Thank you!
Mary Murry says
I would love your critique of my first page.
Donna Royston says
Sounds like fun!
Nicole Dunlap says
Would love this opportunity for the first page of my Christian Romantic Suspense novel. Thank you for the chance, Becca!
KD Holmberg says
Wow. This is fun. Love you girls!
Jessica Swafford says
Wow, so many comments! Still worth a try.
Talia Goforth says
Yay! I’d love a critique!
This looks like fun. It’s definately one of the more creative contests I’ve ever seen. Because of it I just went back and took a gander at my first page. So glad I did because I rewrote the first paragraph–one of those “never quite write” things and am happy with it.
Thanks for doing this. I’ve benefitted already.
I am totally addicted to your emotion thesaurus.
ANGELA ACKERMAN says
I am so glad the ET is a help!
Alice Loweecey says
I would really appreciate objective eyes on my first page. Thank you!
Susan Ward says
I’d love to receive a constructive critique of my first page.
Erica Sheldon says
I would love a critique of my first page. What a wonderful opportunity!!
Karen B Janowsky says
Count me in!! 🙂
Jessica Carasquillo says
Thanks for holding this contest!
Alex Sousa says
Thanks for doing this every month.
Jessica Costello says
Great to see you’re doing so much for the writing community!
Susan Sams Baggott says
Looking forward to your input. Thanks.
Marie Etzler says
Thanks for the contest entry opportunity. I just joined the site a few months ago and love it.
I’d love some feedback!
Would love a critique of my first pages! <3
Deborah Sword says
Thank you for all you do for the wannabe writer.
Jacquolyn McMurray says
I’d love another set of eyes on my first page. Thanks for the opportunity.
Eva Webster says
Here it is. Thank you.
Thanks for offering this. Fingers crossed
Nicole Holloway says
Thank you for offering such a wonderful opportunity!
Teresa Lynn says
Thanks for offering this so often. Love the new look!
Gifford MacShane says
I’d love a critique of the first page of my WIP.
I’d love feedback on my first page. Much thanks for the contest.
Doug Fricke says
The first page of a true adventure story needs an honest critique.
Donna Reed says
Ooooh. Yes. Thanks!!
Yes please. Thank you
Patricia Nesbitt says
Thank you for offering this opportunity. Appreciate all that you offer to writers to help us hone our craft.
Beverley Burgess Bell says
Thank you for this opportunity.
I’d love to have some feedback. Concerned the voice is too much and it starts a little slow. OK, I’m worried it starts a lot slow.
Mary Incontro says
Would love fresh eyes on my opening!
Katherine Warncke says
Always looking forward to this opportunity!
Fingers crossed! I’d love fresh eyes on my opening.
Thank you and count me in!
Wonderful contest! Thanks for the opportunity!
DIANE SHOTTON says
Looking forward to this opportunity!
Katherine Warncke says
Oooohhh, always looking forward to this contest! Fingers crossed this go-round.
Deena Graves says
Thank you for keeping this opportunity going!!
Hello, thank you for the opportunity! I’d love to enter.
Heather McLeod says
Yes please! I’d love fresh eyes on this thing. Fingers are crossed.
Diane Rinella says
Ugh, yeah. This could use new eyes. 😀 Thanks!
Greta Gize Olbrich says
Thank you for the opportunity.
Shelley O'Rourke says
What a great opportunity!
Marie Powell says
This is a great opportunity! Thanks!
Paula Bryner says
This is exciting! Thanks so much for this and all your content.
Aleska Buszta says
I’d love feedback on my first few pages. I’m torn on ikf my few first pages grab the reader and would love your feedback on it.
Kimberly Mooneyham says
This is my first time entering this contest and I would love to have feedback on a short story I’ve almost completed. Thank you!
Barb Ristine says
Thanks for this opportunity—your writing advice is invaluable!
Anita Banks says
Michael Dunne says
Good morning, Becca!
Haven’t had a lot of “me” time for creative writing lately, but have several first pages to choose from. If I win, well, I’ll have to pick just one 😉
Best to you and Angela!
p.s. love the new site!
ANGELA ACKERMAN says
Michael Ko says
My first page is ready for review. Thank you very much.
Paula Cappa says
I’m in again. Your blog is always helpful. I just bought The Occupation Thesaurus. Love it! Helps especially when you need to create a quick one-liner description of a character.
ANGELA ACKERMAN says
Aw, thank you. I hope you find that one really helpful, Paula!
Thank you for such a great opportunity!
This sounds amazing!
I did try and comment before but can’t see my comment showing up! Hope I am not too late to enter.
Such a wonderful opportunity, thanks for the chance to receive feedback!
Rochelle Gosling says
Hello Becca I’d love your thoughts on my first page! Rochelle
Thornton Blease says
This sounds amazing. My first page is ready to go!
Rebecca Fettig says
Truly a great opportunity! Thank you!
Diane Spigonardo says
Thanks, Becca, for the opportunity/chance!
Kelley Bowen says
Thank you and good luck to all. xoxo.
Michael Ko says
My first page is ready to be critiqued. Thank you very much.
Karen J Hughes says
Thanks for running this contest! A win would be fabulous.
Nicole C. says
Thanks for this!!
Jennie Dugan says
Good morning, Becca! My first page is ready to go. In fact, I think —I hope, I pray, and maybe, just maybe— the book is ready for objective editorial eyes. It’s a historical romance. The tricky place is where to start the story. Did I leave the reader confused, or did I give enough hints to the era? Is my writing wordy? Will my readers care about the character introduced? Most important, will they turn the page?
Say the word, and the first page is on its way to you.
Thank you for this.
Mary S Luce says
This would be so helpful.
What an awesome opportunity! Always looking for feedback 🙂
Dawn Knox says
What an amazing opportunity!
Thank you for holding this contest.
What an amazing opportunity. The first page is crucial to hook the reader so to get feedback on it would be incredible
Laura Kunigėlytė says
This sound amazing
Carolyn Crow says
That’s such an exciting opportunity! First pages are hard as so much is riding on them. Would love to get feedback.