Writer’s Digest magazine is working on a new article where literary agents look at actual first pages and give thoughts on why they work well, or why they don’t. If you’re feeling saucy and want to submit your work for consideration, keep reading. The upside is that the few submissions that are chosen will get a free critique from an agent.
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HOW TO SUBMIT
We’re looking for writers willing to submit their work to be considered for a free agent critique in the pages of WD. To volunteer, submit the first 1,000 words of your novel manuscript in the body of an e-mail to email@example.com with “First Page Critiques” in the subject line.
You must include your name, mailing address and e-mail address to be eligible, but if you’d prefer for your work to be anonymously attributed should it be chosen to appear in print, simply write “PLEASE WITHHOLD NAME” next to your name at the top of your manuscript. Select entries will be chosen by an established agent to excerpt and critique in Writer’s Digest.
IMPORTANT: By submitting your work, you are consenting to have it published alongside an agent’s critique in the pages of Writer’s Digest and Writer’s Digest publications. (Your manuscript excerpt may be edited for space to fit a page.) Of course, you will retain the copyright and all other rights to your work.
WHAT YOU’LL GET
A small selection of manuscript excerpts will be chosen by the participating literary agent to receive an honest, personalized critique in the pages of Writer’s Digest, in which will share her professional assessment of the opening pages of your manuscript as if it were a submission crossing her desk. She’ll explain what might entice an agent or editor to read further, and what might stall your submission’s chances before it starts, so that you can use her feedback to make your submission even stronger. You’ll also receive two copies of the issue in which the critique appears. Selected writers will be notified by June 30, 2011. All other submissions will be discarded.
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