Thursday, May 2, 2013

Call For Submissions: First Kiss

It's been ages since we've had a First Kiss critique round, so let's have some fun!

  • Send your First Kiss scene (up to 300 words) with a brief (25-word) lead-in to give us some grounding.
  • Please remember that this is a PG-13 blog. Nothing beyond a kiss will be accepted.
  • The scene can be an almost-kiss, if you have one of those.
  • Enter HERE.
  • The submission window happens TODAY, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT.  (That's NYC time, for the noobs from other lands.)
  • I will accept the first 40 entries, plus 2 alternates.
  • Entries will post for critique on Tuesday, May 7.
  • This critique round is open to finished and unfinished novels, and to agented and unagented authors.
Note: PLEASE DON'T NEGLECT TO INCLUDE YOUR 25-word lead-in to the scene.  It makes a big difference, knowing where we're being dropped into a story.

Please also take the time to CHECK YOUR ENTRY before hitting "enter".  


Please type your 25-word lead-in in italics.  Then double space before beginning your excerpt.

The excerpt will begin here.  There will be lots of kissing.

Post your questions below!


  1. I submitted but it wouldn't let me make the double space between the lead-in line and the excerpt. It's just one. Hope it's not a problem.

  2. I put the wrong screen name for my submission. Any way I can change that?

  3. No worries, no worries.

    I always fix formatting...

    and the screen name is for identification purposes only. Screen names are never published with excerpts.

  4. I can't believe I'm submitting this, the story's still a mess...

  5. Heh! That's okay, Alaina! Nobody has to see the "mess". Just the kiss scene. :D

  6. If we forgot the lead in, is there a way to modify the entry?

  7. I'm an alternate :-)

    I wish I'd seen this just a little bit earlier! Ah well.

    What a fun contest!

  8. Kelly -- You can email me at facelesswords with your post number in the subject line.

  9. I'm bummed that I didn't see this! I had a REALLY good kissing scene to turn in! :( Aw well!

  10. I thought about submitting, but I didn't feel the scene was quite ready. I love the crit rounds!

  11. Alaina, I'm thinking the exact same thing. Argh...the anxiety.... :)

  12. I wish I saw this yesterday. :(

  13. I'm with those who wish they saw this yesterday. I never, EVER do kiss scenes, but I finally have a fun one! Hahahaaha, maybe next time.

    Good luck and happy wishes to all!!

  14. I re-read my entry and found a typo (double wording). I can't tell you how many times I proof read it and never found it *facepalm*. It's funny what coming back to your writing a day later with fresh eyes can do. Silly me. Sorry for the typo in advance. I really did proof it approximately 203 times. ;)

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  16. I found a typo too despite my reading and re-reading my entry. Ah well, I'm sure it'll be pointed out!