The idea for Open Pen Critiques come from the amazing Gabrielle’s blog. As a young writer, I know how hard it is find people willing to read and honestly critique your writing. That’s why I started this blog, to provide a place for teens to submit their work to have it critiqued by me and by other writers.
I only have a few guidelines for you to follow:
- Your piece can be a short story, a poem, non-fiction or an excerpt from a longer work (such as a novel), however please keep it less than 1,000 words for prose and 40 lines for poetry.
- You need to critique someone else’s writing before you submit your own. A simple comment with some constructive criticism on a previously published story will be enough. It doesn’t have to be a lot, just offer a suggestion, it simply needs to be more than a compliment. Please only submit one piece per month.
- Your piece cannot contain any excess violence, swearing or anything sexual. If your piece contains swearing, please delete it before submitting.
- This isn’t really a guideline, however, if you don’t wish to have your piece published on my blog, I understand. You can still send your piece to me for critiquing, however the only opinion you would receive would be mine, rather than the opinions of others reading this blog. 🙂
I will publish an Open Pen Critique every Thursday if I have any submissions. If you are interested in sending me a piece, write to me or comment on this page, I will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.
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