First-Page Critiques: Open to Submissions!
We’re pleased to announce we’re once again accepting submissions for first-page critiques. This is a feedback opportunity in which authors submit their first pages and a Carina Press editor writes a critique, then 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 witty or harsh, 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 first page, and we’ll randomly select submissions to critique 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, not only by pointing out what might not be working, but also by 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!
Please read the official rules for full legal details on the sweepstakes, then follow the instructions below.
- Submit the first 400 to 800 words of your manuscript (for most manuscripts, this will be around 1 ½ to 3 pages) to us here before 11:59PM EDT on September 18, 2019.
- We’ll randomly select a number of first pages from the submissions.
- Carina Press editors will review and post the selected submissions, with our editorial feedback, on the Carina Press blog.
- You choose—do you want the comment section on the blog open or closed? Leaving the comment section open means others can comment and offer feedback, but perhaps you only want the feedback from the editor. In that case, everyone reading will benefit from seeing how our editorial minds work, but cannot comment on the blog post itself.
Please keep in mind:
- We can only accept one entry per person.
- Authors cannot have been published by Carina Press/Harlequin before.
- Pages must be from unpublished work and you must be the rightful owner of the work.
- The entry must be romance of one of the following sub-genres: contemporary, paranormal, romantic suspense, historical, science fiction, fantasy. However, it can be of any heat level and feature same-sex/multiple pairings.
- By submitting your work to this contest, you give permission for the material to appear on our website along with the editorial feedback.
- The first pages to be critiqued will be selected at random, and once the selections have been made, we’ll be deleting all other submissions.
Any further questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.