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

  1. Janice says:

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

  2. TL Coleman says:

    Wow. Fantastic giveaway. Thanks for the entry.

  3. Trisha Tunis says:

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


    Winning this would be amazing. Very cool!

  5. Elli Comeau says:

    Sounds so great!

  6. Annaluisa says:

    Thank you for another amazing opportunity!

  7. Annaluisa says:

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

  8. Gerald Hapeman says:

    Ready and Hopeful!

  9. Linda Burrell says:

    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.

  10. Alexs says:

    Very cool

  11. Amanda Letterman says:

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

  12. S. Clark says:

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  13. Kristy says:

    This would be awesome!

  14. Tim says:

    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.

  15. Elizabeth says:

    Wow! Awesome prize.

  16. Alli says:

    Such a great prize! Thank you!

  17. Tim Seabrook says:

    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!

  18. Chris says:

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

  19. Robert DOucette says:

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

  20. CAROL SCHOENIG says:

    Please pick me! This is an awesome giveaway!

  21. Judy Clark says:

    This would be a wonderful win.

  22. Rebecca says:

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

  23. Natalie says:

    Great giveaway!

  24. lynn farnham says:

    I’m crossing my fingers!

  25. Joy O'Toole says:

    This is a wonderful giveaway. Thanks.

  26. Edie says:

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

  27. Tammy Travis says:

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

  28. Charli Adams says:

    Thank you for the opportunity

  29. Shelia Hudnall says:

    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.

  30. Jessica Swafford says:


  31. Janet Wright says:

    I’d love to win this gift. It would be so useful to me. Thank you for offering this chance.

  32. Raymon Manders says:

    What an awesome opportunity! It would be realy nice to to give my story that extra push.

  33. Lara Fabans says:

    Squee! 3 whole chapters???

  34. Elaine Williams says:

    I need this so much. Sigh.

  35. Jessenia Concepcion says:

    This looks like a fantastic opportunity!

  36. KT Wagner says:

    Great prize!

  37. Judy says:

    I enjoy Writers Helping Writers and have printed many of the posts and put them in a notebook to refer to when I need them. Thank you for doing this.l

  38. Susan Grillo says:

    What a great opportunity.

  39. Susan Grillo says:

    Thanks for this amazing opportunity.

  40. What a great prize. Crossing my fingers,

  41. Niki Moss says:

    This would be a fantastic prize to win!

  42. Gloria Hines says:

    I am so excited to read this, I am a new writer at the age of 72, any of these giveaways would be delightful and thoughtful. Best of all they would help me. I read your blogs all the time and have gotten a couple of your books, they are great.
    Wish me luck!

  43. Elizabeth A Searle says:

    Great prize!

  44. Karla Diaz says:

    Sara is amazing! She did a first-page critique for me and her analysis and feedback blew me away. I would love to win a 3 chapter critique.

  45. Jenny Darlington says:

    How exciting!!! Thanks for offering this amazing giveaway, Sara!

  46. Laural Armster says:

    This is a great giveaway. Good luck to all to enter!

  47. Alice Valdal says:

    Very generous of you all. Thanks and merry Christmas

  48. Brandy says:

    This is terrific! <3

  49. Amy Hunter says:

    Ooooh! I loved last year’s giveaway. Thanks for doing this again!

  50. Myka says:

    Wow what an awesome opportunity. Thanks for your generosity.

  51. D. K. Deters says:

    Awesome opportunity! Great prize.

  52. SK Lamont says:

    This would be an awesome prize to win!

  53. What a fantastic prize to re-energize a novel!

  54. Susanne says:

    Another great prize = lots of writers being helped 🤩

  55. Courtney Hunt says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  56. Laura says:


  57. Karen Holthof says:

    Oh, wow! Sounds great!

  58. Karen Holthof says:

    Thank you for the chance.

  59. Philip says:

    Definitely would be helped by winning this evaluation! Thanks for the offer.

  60. Jenny Elliott says:

    Another brilliant prize. Thank you so much 😍

  61. Megan S. says:

    What an amazing offer. Thanks for the opportunity!

  62. Kim Lightle says:

    Shiny! Thank you!

  63. Cheri says:

    Thanks Sarah! Hope I get to work with you!

  64. Mark W Dooley says:

    I could really use a pro willing to be brutal with my opening.

  65. Lara Elliott says:

    This sounds awesome! Thanks for the chance!

  66. Robert Mackey says:

    Not seeing how to enter. Sorry, idiot here.

    • Hi Robert, you should see a rafflcopter form below. There will be several different ways to enter (leave a comment, tweet, etc.) so click on any of the windows that appeal to you and each will tell you what to do. Good luck! 🙂

  67. Belinda Sikes says:

    What a lovely prize this would be! Thank you Sara for offering it and to Becca and Angela for organizing the giveaway!

  68. Lila Diller says:

    Professional feedback is one of the most helpful tools in this business–good advice is hard to find! Thank you for this opportunity!

  69. Jerry says:

    Thanks for offering this!

  70. Joanna Barker says:

    You guys are so awesome for setting this up! Thank you 🙂

  71. Susan Policoff says:

    Great prize. Thank you for running this It’s been fun looking at what the prize is every day!

  72. Greg Spyker says:

    What a cool contest – thank you for doing this and to all who offer their expertise.

  73. Rhiannon M says:

    Awesome prize!!

  74. KR Brorman says:

    Generous gift and time allowance. Thank you.

  75. Morgyn Star says:

    Sara, oh, heck yes!

  76. Kristin M Kelly says:

    This is a terrific prize.

  77. Carolyn Fay says:

    Thank you so much for offering this prize!

  78. Jessica Merryn says:

    A 3 chapter critique by an editor is not a gift to be sneezed at! A very generous donation from Sara Letourneau!

  79. Julie says:

    This is a fantastic prize – thank you for offering it.

  80. Merlyssa says:

    Great prize! Thanks, Becca, Angela and Heart of the Story!

  81. Kallie Rosa says:

    Yes please! Xx

  82. Brent Snyder says:

    What a wonderful giveaway. I glad I can be a part!

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