In poking through some old stuff to see what I could come up with for you this week, I rediscovered the rounds of What's Broken? that we did back in 2011.
Cool idea! I don't have the least recollection of this. (No, really. This is when my brain starts to scare me.)
Anyway, HERE ARE THE GUIDELINES:
This is a crit round for manuscripts in distress. In other words, you've got a COMPLETED story, you've done a lot of revising, but you've got a scene or a section or an opening or a transition or SOMETHING that just isn't working.
Let me repeat: COMPLETED stories. HEAVILY revised. But with a problem.
I will take 10 submissions of 500 words of whatever's broken.
And then, hopefully, you'll receive enough critique to help you fix it.
This round is open to agented and unagented authors.
PLEASE NOTE: This is the honor system. If your manuscript IS NOT FINISHED, or if you honestly don't have something that isn't working for you no matter how hard you've worked on it, please don't submit.
I want to target folks who are really wringing their hands over something.
- Submissions will open at noon EST today.
- Submit an excerpt of up to 500 words of your COMPLETED MANUSCRIPT.
- Include a few sentences to set up the scene, so we understand what's going on. (I'm adding 50 words to the count to cover your set-up.)
- Please submit via our amazing web form.
- Only 10 will be accepted. Please do not submit if you know you do not qualify.
- I will accept 1 alternate in case one of the 10 for some reason does not qualify.
- This is not a lottery. The submission window will remain open until all slots have been filled.
A short note: Please don't neglect to include a lead-in. Seems like, whenever I hold a contest that calls for a lead-in, some people don't write one. YOU WANT PEOPLE TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S GOING ON, RIGHT? So please make sure you lead us in.
Ask questions below!