Thursday, March 18, 2010

March Critique Giveaway

It's critique time. Enter to win! Here are the rules and caveats:
  • I will critique TWO manuscripts each month. By "manuscript" I mean the first 1000 words of a children's magazine story, chapter book, mid-grade novel, or YA novel. Please, fiction only. No picture books or easy readers. No poetry.
  • Enter the drawing by commenting on this post AND stating that you wish to enter. This frees you up to comment, ask a question, or just say hey WITHOUT throwing your name in the hat.
  • For an additional entry, become a follower, and tell me so (or that you already are one) in the comment.
  • For an additional entry, post a link to this contest and give the URL in either the same or a separate comment. In this category, you can enter as many times as you have cyber-places to post the contest.
  • You may enter one ms. per month. While the above rules allow you to enter multiple times, those entries are for ONE manuscript. If the #2 name drawn is a duplicate of #1, drawing will continue until a new name is drawn. This way, two people are assured of a critique each month.
  • Enter anytime on March 18, 19 or 20.
  • Any story that you plan to enter in an ICL contest is ineligible. Since I am an ICL instructor, I cannot edit stories that you intend to enter in an Institute contest.
  • The level of detail I offer in a critique will vary based on my impression of the caliber of the writing. Whenever possible, I will make both "big picture" comments and zero in on more specific areas.
  • My critique is only one opinion. This business is SO subjective. Any suggestions I make that resonate with you are yours for the taking. Compare mine with those from other beta readers, critique partners, writing teachers, etc. Even if specific suggestions vary, when two or more critiquers pinpoint a certain passage or aspect, there's probably a need for revision there. Yet don't feel you must take advice you don't agree with. In the end, it's your story.
  • Winners will be announced on Monday, March 22.
So if the above sounds good to you, let the entering begin!

22 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Put me in the mix. I've got a story I'd like you to check out and I'll put a side-bar link to your giveaway on my blog.

karenbschwartz said...

I'd love a free critique! What a fun contest!

Anonymous said...

I'd love a critique!

-missy t from the Blueboard

Anonymous said...

I'd love to enter your contest!

Thanks so much!

Amy

Abigail said...

Love to win a critique! Thanks for hosting! And great blog!

Marcia said...

Good morning, Bish! Okay, well, I guess it's afternoon by now. You're entered x3. :)

Karen, Missy, Amy and Abigail -- you're all entered. Thanks for coming!

Susan Bradley said...

I definitely would like to enter. Thanks for doing this.

Anne Spollen said...

Yes, I will enter this. I have a middle grade that I am finishing and thinking of sending to an agent.

I already am a follower, but I will also post this giveaway on my blog. The more the merrier!

Michelle Brown said...

Marcia,
What a lovely blog! I just became a follower and I'm entering the contest. Thanks for the opportunity!

Michelle Brown said...

I'm also linking to you on my blog! (For some reason I'm having trouble posting a comment on my Google account, so my avatar isn't showing up.)

Marcia said...

Susan -- You're welcome. Thanks for coming and entering.

Anne and Michelle -- Thank you both! You're both entered x3.

Andrea said...

I don't want to enter this time, since I won a critique from Marcia last month. I do want to say that Marcia's critiques are fantastic - mine helped not just with the section I sent, but with thinking about other parts of my novel too.

Marcia said...

Andrea -- Thanks for those kind words, and I'm so glad you found the critique helpful. :)

Miriam said...

I'd love a critique! Thanks for offering the contest!

Marcia said...

Thanks for coming, Miriam. You're in. :)

MaryWitzl said...

Did I not enter this? Please put my name in too! I'll tweet about this and post it on Facebook too.

Mary Witzl said...

eastfarandnear

Check out Marcia Hoehne's free MG/YA critique offer: http://marciahoehne.blogspot.com/ less than 5 seconds ago via web

(Here's my proof!)

Marcia said...

Hey, Mary! You're in x4. :)

Mystery Robin said...

Hi! I'd like to enter and became a follower. :)

Marcia said...

Robin -- Welcome and thanks! You're in x2.

Marcia said...

Entries are now closed. I'm mixing them all up in the basket (my version of the hat)... :)

Christina Farley said...

You are so generous. I'm too late to enter but good luck to everyone!