Monday, March 26, 2012

"Test Run"---March First Page Critique Round Call for Submissions!!

The submission window is now closed. Please check back tonight, 3/29/12, for the entries!

This critiquing round will be another “Test Run” session.  This is for any first page.  Whether your manuscript is finished and polished, it's a work-in-progress, or you only have the first page, this is the time to test it out on readers and get some honest, helpful feedback and support from your peers.  If you've entered previous rounds, this is also a great opportunity to get feedback on your revisions.   

From Monday, March 26 at 6:00 PM EDT until Thursday, March 29 at 12:00 PM EDT, I will accept submissions. I will post them later that evening (between 7 PM and 8 PM EDT) right here at KTCROWLEY.COM for critiquing.
Please send submissions to ktcritiques [AT]

In the subject, please state "MARCH FIRST PAGE”

This round I will accept all genres and it is one entry per person, per genre (So you can submit 1 adult 1 YA/MG).

Please list the TITLE, GENRE and your SCREEN NAME (I will not include screen names in the critique posts, these are for my purposes only) above your 250 words (format it the way you normally would).  Please do not stop in the middle of a sentence.  If it goes over the 250 limit by a couple of words, that's fine.  If you stop at say, 235 words, that's fine, too.
Your submission should look like this:

SCREEN NAME: Your Screen Name Here
TITLE: Your Title Here
GENRE: Your Genre Here

(Excerpt here.)

Please leave out "chapter one," chapter "titles", etc.  Otherwise, I may count them toward your 250 and you could lose some of your first page entry.

You will receive a confirmation email, but it may not be right away.  Only resend if you don't get one by the last hour of the submission window.  

Please check your submission(s) carefully for typos, grammatical errors, etc. before submitting.  Once the submission is confirmed by email, it is set to automatically post.  Once your post is up and has received a critique, I won't be able to fix it for you.  Double checking it first will ensure you're writing is critiqued appropriately.  ;-) 

If you enter, you must critique at least 5 other submissions (if there are only five, please critique all).  If you enter two first pages, please critique 10 (if there are less than 10 total, please critique all).  This is so it's fair for everyone involved. 

I will accept up to 20 entries.

That’s it!  If you have any questions, please hit me up in the comments or send me an email at

Spread the word please; the more, the merrier!  Let's fill up this round and help everyone involved get as much feedback as possible.

I look forward to seeing everyone's fabulous work and comments. 

P.S. I'll be back with a blog post very soon; I have lots to share. :)


  1. Yay! Thanks for hosting this again. I missed out (chickened out) last time and wished I had participated. I critiqued a few and was impressed by the level of helpful feedback.

  2. It's my pleasure! I love helping out my fellow writers. Critiques are such an important part of the process, and everyone here is helpful and supportive. This is a great community.

    No need to be nervous! One of the best parts of entering here is that the entries are kept anonymous; only I know what belongs to whom.

    I look forward to your entry and thanks for participating!! :)

  3. Too bad I saw this too late. How often do you do it?

  4. I usually host 1-2 rounds a month, depending on interest.

    If you can get me yours by 7 PM EDT, I can add it as I have space available. :)