We’re pleased to announce we’re once again accepting submissions for our short scene critiques. This is a feedback opportunity, in which authors submit their short scenes, and a Carina Press editor writes a critique and posts it publicly on our blog.
This critique sweepstakes is a chance for you to receive honest and constructive feedback from a Carina Press editor. Feedback that we promise won’t be mean—we’re not looking to be Simon Cowell here, or impress our friends with our wit, we’re just looking to give insight into the editorial thought process while giving you what solid feedback we can at the same time. Send us your scene, and we’ll randomly select submissions to critique twice monthly on our blog. If you’ve never had your work critiqued before (or even if you have), don’t worry! Our goal is to help you by not only pointing out what might not be working, but by also letting you know what you’ve gotten right and how to bring that out and really make it shine. In other words, we’re friendly!
We’re asking for authors to submit ONE of the following:
Before you submit, please read the official rules here, and take a look at the FAQs below.
How it works:
Before you begin:
Submit your scene here. Good luck, and we look forward to reading your submissions!
The Carina Press Editors
How long should the scene be?
Between 400 and 800 words. We’re unable to accept submissions that exceed 800 words.
Can I submit more than one scene? (ie can I submit both my first meet scene and my action scene?)
We ask that you submit only one scene for this call, so that we can be as fair as possible (remember, the selections are random!). If/when we open up for submissions again, you’re welcome to submit a different scene.
Do I have to submit the first sex or action scene, or can it be one from later in the book?
It can be from anywhere in the book, but we ask that you please let us know in the description where in the overall story arc the scene occurs. Is it their first scrape with trouble or sexual encounter, or is it closer to the climax (no pun intended) of the novel/novella? These details will help us give story feedback and not just usage advice.
What if my book/WIP doesn’t have an action or sex scene? Will Carina still consider it?
This opportunity is open to scenes pulled from works of contemporary, paranormal, historical, science fiction and fantasy romance, as well as romantic suspense, and we accept submissions of all heat levels for Carina Press. If your WIP doesn’t have an action or sex scene, then we’d recommend submitting your first meet or black moment for this particular opportunity.
Does the first meet scene have to be the first time my main characters interact at all?
First meet scenes should represent the first meaningful, tension- or possibility-filled interaction between your protagonists. It can be dialogue-free, if you’ve got a killer insta-love-spark-moment recount from one character’s POV, or take place via text or email if that’s the way to your HEA, but it shouldn’t be just a recount of two people standing in line to get coffee together (for example). Think meet cute and “off to the races.”
What is a black moment?
The black moment, sometimes called the “All is lost” moment, is generally considered the point of the book at which your characters have lost all hope, and don’t see a way to overcome their conflict. You can read more about black moments here: http://www.soyouthinkyoucanwrite.com/2016/10/the-black-moment-what-is-it-why-do-you-need-it-and-how-can-you-make-it-powerful/
Any further questions can be directed to Submissions AT CarinaPress.com.