Monday, March 25, 2013

March "Test Run" Critique Round *Call for Submissions*

In response to my post yesterday in regards to this month's critique round and my husband's health, I will be hosting a quick round now and possibly skipping April's critique round. My husband's appointment went well today, and our almost 10 month journey to find an answer to his perplexing case will be uncovered next month after surgery. It'll be such a welcomed relief to finally get answers and for him to turn on to the road to recovery. Our life was starting to feel like an episode of "House", haha. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your thoughts and prayers. We're not out of the woods yet, but we're that much closer to being so. April also brings a slew of events for me-most importantly my son's 3rd birthday-so I'll do my best to squeeze in a round if all goes well. I'll have an update in a couple of weeks once the surgery is done.

Since the opportunity to score feedback on WIPs is one of the more popular critique rounds I offer, we'll do yet another "Test Run” session. I will dedicate April (if possible) and May to different critique rounds. 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 Tuesday, March 26 at 9:00 AM EDT until Thursday, March 28 at 9:00 PM EDT I will accept submissions. I will post them on March 29 here at KTCROWLEY.COM for critiquing.

Please send submissions to ktcritiques [AT]

In the subject, please state "MARCH TEST RUN”.

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. Your screen name is the name you'll use to critique others in the comments.) 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. Double checking it first will ensure your 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 25 entries.

That’s it! If you have any questions, please hit me up in the comments or send me an email at crowleykt [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. Also, if you're not a follower of my blog, please do so, so I can continue to offer rounds like this to help writers like you perfect your work. :)

Thank you all again for your support and participation; it truly makes a difference!!

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