Monday, October 21, 2013

Submissions For Our Third and Final Logline Critique Round

Final Logline Round!

To avoid confusion:  These logline critique rounds are NOT a part of the auction.  They are simply an optional opportunity to get some feedback as you craft and fine-tune your logline.  You don't have to participate in the logline critique rounds in order to submit to the actual auction.

A logline should be as brief as possible.  The word count for these rounds will be set at 100, but that's still on the high side.  Think SHORT and GRABBY.

If you're not sure what a logline is, STOP WHERE YOU ARE.  Please go HERE and HERE for information on writing loglines.


The submission window will be open from 9 am to 5 pm EDT today.  This is a lottery, which means the bot will randomly choose 40 entries at the close of the window.  These entries will post on Tuesday, October 22 (tomorrow), for critique.

WEB FORM SUBMISSIONS (preferred/easiest method):

GO HERE.  Please remember to proofread before hitting "submit".


As always, send your submission to authoress.submissions(at)  Format as follows:

SCREEN NAME: (type it here)
TITLE: (type it here)
GENRE: (type it here)

(type your logline here)

If there's ANYTHING you don't understand, please post your question below!


  1. Done! Waiting with fingers crossed. And thanks again for this opportunity.

  2. I have a question about giving away plot twists in your logline.
    I was lucky enough to get into the last critique round and all my comments said that I was not being specific enough with the stakes and my main character’s goal. However my MS is a mystery (think Rebecca Stead’s WHEN YOU REACH ME) so if I do get specific, it will be a major plot spoiler. Is it okay for your logline to divulge things that are only given away late in the manuscript?

  3. Jennifer -- Unlike a jacketflap, which is meant to draw in a reader without divulging anything too big, the logline is meant to grab the attention of an agent or editor.

    Having said that, you shouldn't have to divulge anything too huge if you stick to the character-goal-conflict-consequence formula.

    I am absolutely not a logline expert at all, but as far as divulging too much to an agent or editor, it's not a big deal.

  4. Hi Authoress,

    I appreciate the input.

    I guess the trick is striking a balance between being more specific and giving it all away.

    So, back to the drawing board...