Use the blue scroll bar on the right to scroll down for complete rules and entry instructions for the giveaway of the FREE CRITIQUE* of the first 10 pages of your fiction manuscript. NOTE: DO NOT SUBMIT ANY MS PAGES. Please only submit the info specified below in the body of your entry:
- Your manuscript must be FICTION of ANY GENRE for ANY AGE GROUP (general, sci fi, romance, steam punk . . . you get the idea; no non-fiction like how-to’s or memoirs—as fictional as those may seem; and sorry, no children’s picture books this time). Your manuscript can be for adults, new adults, or young readers (YA or MG).
- The FIRST 10 PAGES of your manuscript must be COMPLETE. No word count limit for those pages, but they do have to be 12-pt font, double-spaced, per industry standard. (Do not submit those pages unless notified by the Editor that you have won the giveaway.)
- Manuscripts that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified.
- Deadline: MIDNIGHT, November 7, 2013, PST.
- Winner will be randomly selected using Randomizer.org and announced on November 8, 2013, on DearEditor.com and on the DearEditor.com Facebook and Google+ pages, and the winner will be notified directly via email.
One entry – SEND EMAIL to DearEditor.com using the “Write to The Editor” button at the top of the blog or by clicking here. Type “Free Critique Giveaway” in the subject line. In the body of the email, include the TITLE of your manuscript, YOUR FULL NAME, and the genre/category (i.e., “fantasy/YA”). DO NOT send your manuscript or any portion of it. (If you have any difficulty with the contact button, send an email entry directly to email@example.com.)
Bonus entry – SUBSCRIBE. DearEditor.com subscribers get a bonus entry by sending a second email with “Subscriber’s Bonus Giveaway Entry” in the subject line and your title and full name in the body. (Note: the Editor will verify!) Not a subscriber yet? Then subscribe now by clicking on the “Subscribe” button at the top of DearEditor.com and then email your second entry.
Extra bonus entries – SPREAD THE WORD. Blog, tweet, or otherwise electronically tell others about this giveaway to get additional entries. Send an email to DearEditor.com with “I Spread the Word!” in the subject line, and in the body include a link to your blog post or your Twitter address or your Facebook wall or whatever social media you used to spread the word. Don’t send screen-shots; attachments won’t be accepted. Include your title, genre/category, and full name in the body. Spread the word more than once? Then send an “I Spread the Word!” email for each one!
Anyone who doesn’t follow these rules will be disqualified, at the Editor’s discretion.
*In a “critique,” the author receives general feedback about the manuscript sample’s overall pacing, organization, narrative voice, characterization, point of view, setting, delivery of background information, adult sensibility (children’s books only), concept, and the synchronicity of age-appropriate subject matter with target audience. It is not a word-by-word, line-by-line “Line Edit.”
Disclaimer: The Editor does not share or in any other way use your contact information; it’s collected solely for winner contact purposes at the end of the giveaway.
Usually you have a word limit on these, but I’m not seeing one this time. Is that an oversight, or are you letting those of us who write longer manuscripts enter them?
You just have to have the first 10 pages of the ms complete, Myrna. Thanks for asking for clarification – I’m going to update the rules to make this clear. Good luck!
Congratulations on meeting your deadline!
That’s great! I’m sure your How to Write NA book will be as helpful to writers as your YA one. 🙂 Best wishes as you continue with it.
You know I’m trying my darnedest, C!
I am spreading the word!
Thank you, Michael.
WoOt on your deadline success! It’s nice to know that even experienced editor sweats those. 😉
*jumping up and down* I have a steampunk novel going…I should enter your contest! Thank you!
I dare to think that being a writer in the trenches makes me a better editor and teacher. 🙂
High five! I’m so excited about the book. 🙂
Thanks so much for your support, Carrie. Low five, back at ya.
Hi Deborah, well done on getting so far with your book! I’d love to enter this competition for critique, but do not see right away how to submit. Do I send it to an email address? Forgive my stupidity!
Yvette, use the blue scroll bar on the right side of the post to scroll down to the entry rules.
I shared this opportunity with our SCBWI-Michigan tribe! Thanks, Deborah.
I’m a newbie. How do we submit?
Great idea! Do we send the MS to the ‘deareditor.com’ address or is there a separate email account?
I read the comments and your replies just now–and easily scrolled down to find the rest of the info. Another question: You recently critiqued my first 10 pages at the Michigan Fall Retreat, but they have been revised quite a bit, including new additions. May I submit this new draft? Thank you for this wonderful opportunity. “That’s great. Really great.”
Any age or genre?! This is great and I’ve told all my CPs to enter! Thanks Deborah! 🙂
Yes, for any age or genre.
I have clicked everywhere and cannot find where to post my ten pages for possible critique. Are we just supposed to pass it on and then you will email the person who won?? Or, should we be posting our ten pages now? I’m sorry, I am missing something and it may be a senior brain that has gone.
Directions on what and where to send are on the right hand side of the screen. You’ll need to scroll down with the blue scroll bar.
Thanks, Sue. I’ve updated my instructions since there have been a number of questions about entering.
Don’t submit any pages. Just your name and the project’s genre/category. My revised instructions should make it all clear now. Good luck!
Thanks for the opportunity, and congrats on meeting your deadline. I am looking forward to reading your book. : )