Changing the world's opinion… as soon as we finish this math homework
*Before you enter, please skim through this post to get an idea of what is going on.*
Have you done that? Good! Now it’s time to meet some critique partners! 🙂
– Anyone 13-20 may participate, whether you’re serious about writing or doing it just for fun. You may mention your exact age in your entry, or you may not. It’s up to you.
– You don’t have to contact anyone about being critique partners if you don’t see an entry that looks like a good match, but you have to participate to contact others. If you see someone who you want to talk more with about being critique partners, contact them in whichever way they say you should in the form below (more on that in a minute), and tell them briefly about yourself, why you think they’d be a good fit, maybe go over what your current manuscript is about, etc. and then ask them if they’d like to swap pages. Please keep it courteous, and respect that they may not want to swap. It isn’t anything personal if they say no. (Side note: Swapping pages–usually about the first five pages–is a good way to see how you work with the other person, whether you like their writing, their critiquing style, and vice versa. And if you both agree it will work, you have yourself a new critique partner!)
– Similarly, if you get contacted by a participant and don’t think they’re a good fit, please politely decline their offer. They will understand. But if you think they’re a good match, give them more details about yourself and your writing and send them an agreed-upon number of pages to critique, and they’ll send yours in return. Please try not to make them read your whole manuscript until you both agree you should be CPs. Tact is always appreciated.
– CPs don’t have to be purely for critiquing either, and you don’t need a finished manuscript to enter. CPs also make great writing buddies, especially with Camp NaNo coming up.
– (For what it’s worth, I don’t think you should limit your CPs only to teen writers, though, even if this contest is teen-only. Remember that adults have great opinions about YA too, no matter how old they are, and a range of input is always helpful!)
– Most importantly, have fun with this!
If you’d like to participate, post brief answers to the form in the comments below. A few sentences each is good. (This is also the same form as last time, so if you want to reuse your responses, go for it!)
Name or pen name:
Are you serious about getting an agent with your book, or is it just for fun?
Pitch your current book in under three sentences*:
Briefly talk about yourself and what you like to do/read/write:
What you’re looking for in a critique partner:
Links to blog or twitter (if applicable):
*This post may be of use, if you have no idea how to write a pitch.
**Note: I know many people don’t like their email addresses published publicly, so if you’d rather not include your email as a means of contact, just ask anyone interested in working with you to comment on your blog (and you can grab their email address from the comment and email them privately), or message you on twitter/facebook/whatever and work it out from there. If you’re fine with having your email in the comment, then please include it, but be sure to space out the “@” and “.com” to avoid spambots. [i.e. TeenRiter(at)gmail(dot)com]
Questions? Comments? Concerns? And just so you know:
All entries most be posted in the comments section below by 11:59 PM EST on June 16th! However, the actual reading entries and contacting participants can go as long as you like.
Thank you! I hope this helps!
(To clarify, you can start contacting right away, but you have until the 16th to put your entry in the comments below.)