Advent Prize: A 3-Chapter Critique (Heart of the Story Editorial)

Today’s Giveaway

There’s tremendous pressure on writers to nail the opening of a story. Whether it’s to catch the eye of an agent, editor, or reader, those first chapters need to be perfect.

And that’s why the writer who wins today’s prize is so INCREDIBLY lucky!

Sara Letourneau is the managing editor and writing coach at Heart of the Story Editorial & Coaching Services. She works with writers to help them tell compelling and well-crafted stories, finish (or get started on) their projects, and develop greater trust in their creativity so they can achieve their writing and publishing goals. In addition, she’s a published poet, a columnist at DIY MFA, and a former Resident Writing Coach at Writers Helping Writers. You might also recognize Sara as the guest editor for some of WHW’s popular Critiques 4 U contests earlier this year. 

Sara will assess the first three chapters of the winner’s manuscript (up to 8,000 words). She will then provide a brief report with big-picture feedback on the plot, opening hook, characters, genre, and more. The winner will have until December 31, 2020, to redeem this prize. 

14 days, 14 AMAZING giveaways. To see what other Advent Calendar giveaway windows are open, go here. The last date to enter all draws is December 19th.

Want to win this terrific opportunity for professional feedback? Just enter the giveaway below, and good luck!

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Janice
Janice
8 months ago

This sounds like such a great feedback opportunity for a new writer like me. 🙂 Thanks so much for this valuable giveaway.

TL Coleman
TL Coleman
8 months ago

Wow. Fantastic giveaway. Thanks for the entry.

Trisha Tunis
Trisha Tunis
8 months ago

Yes, this would motivate me to finish my first draft, and get it in shape for someone to make some recommendations for improvements.

KATHERINE VINSON
KATHERINE VINSON
8 months ago

Winning this would be amazing. Very cool!

Elli Comeau
Elli Comeau
8 months ago

Sounds so great!

Annaluisa
Annaluisa
9 months ago

Thank you for another amazing opportunity!

Annaluisa
Annaluisa
9 months ago

This is such a great opportunity, thank you. Winning professional feedback would be great.

Gerald Hapeman
Gerald Hapeman
9 months ago

Ready and Hopeful!

Linda Burrell
Linda Burrell
9 months ago

I am learning day by day how much more help I could use. This would be an awesome help to me on my WIP. I’m hoping to have a first draft completed after years of work an edit would be a great help.

Alexs
Alexs
9 months ago

Very cool

Amanda Letterman
Amanda Letterman
9 months ago

There are so many reasons this prize would be a blessing. Thanks for doing this give away.

S. Clark
S. Clark
9 months ago

Thank you for this opportunity!

Kristy
Kristy
9 months ago

This would be awesome!

Tim
Tim
9 months ago

Not that we have a cleaner, but this would like having a cleaner in – I’d have to extra polish my 3 chapters before all their problems got highlighted! Love to win.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth
9 months ago

Wow! Awesome prize.

Alli
Alli
9 months ago

Such a great prize! Thank you!

Tim Seabrook
9 months ago

One chapter critiques are always valued to help set you on the right path.
A chance to win a three chapter critique is going to be like gold dust on a beach in a tornado, much sought after and hard to find.

A great prize!

Val Neil
9 months ago

Great prize!

Chris
Chris
9 months ago

I love this advent idea. No wonder this site is on the top 100 for writers digest list!! ( :

Robert DOucette
Robert DOucette
9 months ago

I would be most happy to get advice on my book. What a great giveaewway!

CAROL SCHOENIG
CAROL SCHOENIG
9 months ago

Please pick me! This is an awesome giveaway!

Judy Clark
Judy Clark
9 months ago

This would be a wonderful win.

Rebecca
Rebecca
9 months ago

Every prize is better than the last! Thanks so much!

Natalie
Natalie
9 months ago

Great giveaway!

lynn farnham
lynn farnham
9 months ago

I’m crossing my fingers!

Joy O'Toole
9 months ago

This is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks.

Edie
Edie
9 months ago

This is an awesome giveaway. Thank you for offering it.

Tammy Travis
Tammy Travis
9 months ago

Thanks for the chance to win.
Can use all the help I can get!

Charli Adams
Charli Adams
9 months ago

Thank you for the opportunity

Shelia Hudnall
Shelia Hudnall
9 months ago

Three chapters? Not just one? How wonderfully rich. Enough to get past the clumsy, often endlessly rewritten first chapter. It begins, but is it going the direction I want it to? This would be so lovely to discover.