Thursday, March 17, 2011

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).
  • For additional entries, post links to this contest and give the URLs.
  • You may enter one ms. per month. No one person can win both critiques in a single month.
  • Include your email in the comment. But if not, be sure to check back to see if you've won!
  • Enter now through Sunday March 27.
  • 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.
  • 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 Monday, March 28.
So if the above sounds good to you, let the entering begin!


Janet, said...

Hi Marcia, Happy St. Patrick's Day to you! Put my name in the contest please. I am already a follower.

Kelly said...

You are so kind to offer your expertise each month. I'll throw my ms in the ring again. :)
Happy St. Patty's Day!

Marcia said...

Hi Janet and Kelly; you're both in. :)

Mary Witzl said...

I'm in too! I'll tweet about this. I've just learned how to tweet and I'm anxious to practice.

Jeff King said...

I would love to enter… as I am a follower already… sign me up.

I appreciate your time and effort, thx.

morgan said...

Hi Marcia- I have a few mss that I'd like to get your opinion on. Plz throw my name in the electronic hat.I'm already a follower.

Rena said...

Please add me, Marcia. I'm already a follower of your blog. My email is

cevillely said...


I would like to enter your contest. I am already a follower.

I also posted this contest to my Facebook page:

My e-mail address is

Thank you!


Marcia said...

Mary -- LOL, thanks for practicing on me!

Jeff, Morgan, Rena, and cevillely, your entries are all in the electronic hat. :)

MaDonna Maurer said...

Please sign me up! I'm already a follower. Thanks for the great offers.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

Marcia, can I enter again? I keep getting these wonderful personal rejections from my favorite kid's magazine...and I just don't know what I'm doing wrong. They ask me to keep submitting, but I feel like at some point I have to figure out what I'm doing wrong...

Amie Kaufman said...

Oh, I'd love to enter! My email's amiekaufman ~at~ gmail ~dot~ com. Fingers crossed! I'm a new follower.

Marcia said...

Hi MaDonna, Sharon and Amie!

You're all in. :)

Anonymous said...

Please enter my name in your drawing too. Thanks so much, Marcia!

Amy C.

Marcia said...

Amy, you're in too. :)