Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday CONTEST! New critique opportunity!

I had a great time on the last critique contest, and with things winding down for the year, this seems like a great opportunity to do it again. Here's the deal. Second verse, same as the first.


What's the prize?  I will critique the first two pages of your manuscript (maximum of 750 words), here on the blog. All genres welcome, though you might have a look at my submission guidelines to see what I'd say are my areas of expertise. In other words, I'll happily critique your military thriller, but I'm not as well-versed in how it fits into its genre.

How do I enter? Leave a comment on this post. You've got till Friday, December 21 to enter. I'll use a random number generator to pick the winner. One entry per person, please!

What's the catch? If you enter and are chosen as the winner, you agree to let me post your pages here on the blog; this is a public critique. You needn't use your real name if you'd prefer to stay anonymous, but if you'd like me to I will include a link to your website as part of the post.

Who's eligible to enter? Everybody except my clients and the clients of my SJGA colleagues. Sorry, guys. I think this will be most useful to those writers who are as-yet unpublished, but I'm not going to make that decision for you.

What's the deadline again? Friday, December 21-- the contest is open till I close comments on this post.

Spread the word, and don't forget to leave a comment to enter. Good luck!

14 comments:

Adele Carsson said...

Cannot...resist...entering contest...

Kinley Baker said...

Thank you for the opportunity!

Stephanie said...

Ooh fun!! Count me in!!

Rachel Bates said...

Great opportunity - count me in! :)

Misty Kirby said...

Hi, Courtney, I have a question. I've heard that if even a portion of an unpublished MS is posted on a blog (or any public site), then it counts as being published and no publishers will consider it. Could this critique interfere with an opportunity down the road?

Courtney Miller-Callihan said...

Hi Misty,

I've not heard that-- there is a clause in many publishing contracts that asks the author to state that the work has not been previously published, but if it has (say, a short story in a literary magazine), the clause is amended to reflect this. The main thing the publisher worries about if you've previously published some portion of the work is that you may not control the rights to the work. As long as the rights are yours to grant, and as long as you're upfront about the material that's been previously "published," in my experience, the publishers don't care.

If anyone's worried about this, I'm happy to add language to the blog post containing the critique emphasizing that the rights to the work remain with the author, and that I have no claim whatsoever on the material.

Melinda Skye said...

Thanks to Sonja Foust for the link to the contest :)

Amy said...

Yes, I want to enter! Thanks!

Chelsie said...

Thanks for the opportunity, I really love these contests!

Kaye Draper said...

Yes please! Thank you for doing these :)

christicorbett said...

You're so great to give another critique opportunity!

Here's to hoping my number is the one :)

Christi Corbett

Kathy Kulig said...

Yes, thank you for the opportunity. Also a great way for everyone to learn.

Melinda said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

Deena Barrett said...

Well, I just made my very first submission to HQN... I'd love to hear what you think of the first pages so what the heck! *crosses fingers*