Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Oops! Disqualified Entries (plus Critiquing Guidelines)

So you'll notice a lot of "removed" entries.  Each of them was removed because it was either YA or MG.

For future reference:  If submission guidelines ANYWHERE don't include YA or MG with the genre, IT MEANS ADULT.  So if you're on an agent's web site, for instance, and it says something like, "I am looking for historical and paranormal romance," that does NOT mean YA!

(I covered my bases, at any rate.  I reminded you in Friday's post that this month was for adult entries only.  I adore you all, and I am asking you to please, please, please, PLEASE read submission guidelines carefully.)

At any rate--on to today's round!

Guidelines for Critique on MSFV:
  • Please leave your critique for each entry in the comment box for that entry.
  • Please choose a screen name to sign your comments. The screen name DOES NOT have to be your real name; however, it needs to be an identifiable name.  ("Anonymous" is not a name.)
  • Critiques should be honest but kind, helpful but sensitive.
  • Critiques that attack the writer or are couched in unkind words will be deleted.*
  • Cheerleading IS NOT THE SAME as critiquing.  Please don't cheerlead.
  • Having said that, it is perfectly acceptable to say positive things about an entry that you feel is strong.  To make these positive comments more helpful, say why it's a strong entry.
  • ENTRANTS: As your way of "giving back", please critique a minimum of 5 other entries.

*I can't possibly read every comment.  If you ever see a comment that is truly snarky, please email me.  I count on your help.


  1. Would it be possible to edit number 17, so that in the second sentence it says "Here she was" instead of "her she was"?
    Thank you!

  2. Ah, this answers my question about leaving feedback, I jumped the gun :) Thanks Authoress!

  3. Can you please put the entries on one page so we can scroll through them? It makes it so much harder to have to constantly hit older entries to get to the lower number ones.

  4. MaggieMay,
    If you click on the header MISS SNARK'S FIRST VICTIM (it's big and bold and at the top), it will load this Oops! posting as well as all of the entries. All you should need to do is scroll down to view them. Hope this helps. :)