Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Special Tiny Treat For Other-Side-Of-Worlders and Night Owls

At precisely 9:00 pm EDT, submissions will open for a small, in-house crit of "almost anything goes."

I will only accept 10 entries. (Like I said. Tiny.)

Here are the submission guidelines:

  • Send a 250-word excerpt of your novel, including a small lead-in sentence or two.
  • This excerpt can be from ANYWHERE IN YOUR NOVEL
  • All genres except erotica are welcomed (children and adult)
  • Email your submission to authoress.submissions(at)
  • ALL entries will receive an automated response. If you don't get one, check your spam box.
  • Format as follows:
SCREEN NAME: (type it here)
TITLE: (type it here)
GENRE: (type it here)

(type your brief lead-in here)

(type your excerpt here)

Please note: I am setting the word count at 280 to accommodate the lead-ins. You'll still have to choose your words carefully, though. (I'm SO mean...)

Entries will post early Thursday, ready for critique.

Pop your questions into the comment box!


  1. Can I send an entry from a novel I haven't finished writing yet?

  2. Yes, you may. So long as it's carefully proofread. :D

  3. Is the lead-in supposed to frame the excerpt, or should it be along the lines of a log-line/single-sentence pitch that cuts to the essence of the entire work?

  4. It should frame the excerpt so the readers know what's going on before jumping into the scene.

  5. Oh yay! I've been wondering where to try out my revised first chapter! Thank you!

    Which leads me to ask ... where do all you critters hang out for further critiques? I haven't found a critique group anywhere that is as awesome as this one.

  6. Tempting, but as I'll be going out of town tomorrow, I should probably let those with more time to critique get the slots...

  7. Authoress~ I'm having problems getting through. I keep getting rejected for not have my SCREEN NAME, etc. at the top of my submission. Everything has been there every time...I've tried copying it straight from a Word document and as plain text. Has anyone else had this problem before? My sincere apologies for probable incompetence on my part!

  8. Yikes! I sent right on the nose of 9 and have the sent receipt of it, but no automated response from you. Sent a copy, but still no reply. Will not overload your box if you are receiving them, but am tres concerned.

  9. folks--you may have to start stalking your favorite critters here. ;)

    Jess, I'm sorry I can't tell you what the problem is without my programmer here; I don't see anything but your original email (which I went over and looked it; in my gmail box, it looked fine.) So I don't know!

    You said you tried plain text, which usually fixes things.

    I'm sorry! If Michael were here he could check for you.

    Misty, I saw your email, too, but I don't know why you don't have a response. Did you check your spam box? Because the bot ALWAYS spits out a reply. If it's a rejection, it tells you the reason. If it's an acceptance, it give you a post number.

    Wish I could be more helpful, but I'm not the brainy geek behind the programming! :(

  10. That's okay :) I was just a little disappointed since I thought my trigger finger was quick enough tonight. This website rocks--I tried to enter your last Secret Agent contest, but kept getting the same formatting rejection that I got tonight.

    Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to check on our submissions!

  11. Thanks for checking, Authoress. I still don't see any responses- nothing in junk files either. Will recruit husband (technical genius here)for this job. Thanks for letting me know it got to you though.

  12. Gah! Missed it! *Bangs head*

  13. OOps! Usually you put submissions closed. Next time for sure!

  14. Jess,

    If you have either of the original email submissions, please forward it to me at my facelesswords address, with a note stating the reason why you were rejected. I can forward it to my programmer for analysis. Something is definitely going wrong there.

    Shelley -- I can't do that if I'm asleep. :P That's one of the reasons I don't run contests at this time of the night!

  15. folksinmt and others: There's an awesome crit group over at Backspace - you can post query letters or excerpts, and get thoughtful and detailed crits from some wonderful authors, among others. It costs $40 a year, but there's a free trial. You can also post questions to agents and others.

  16. boo hoo. the pharmacist assistant was new and took so long i didn't get home until 8:10. missed the boat.

  17. thanks for the tip Sara!

    Authoress ... are you giving me permission to stalk you? I don't even know where you live. :)