Challenge results are in!

From Maui to an English estate, killers to beauty queens, this year’s SYTYCW authors enthusiastically captured our attention on the very first page. Unique voices, unusual settings, and a range of genres —our authors had it all. With so many intriguing entries, we couldn’t bear to limit our random selection to six— so we included two more! Thank you to everyone who participated in Monday’s challenge. Read on for feedback from our expert editors!


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  1. Autumn Shelley

    Scott Springer has a new fan with a single first page! Having lived in a cube environment myself for nearly 3 years, I immediately related to this character and I would definitely keep reading past page 1. I loved it!

  2. Kathleen Fetters-Iossi

    Congratulations to all the 1st page selection winners! Also, big thanks to the editors for offering this contest and their great advice. Even though my page wasn’t selected, I found all the critiques enormously helpful.

    Oh…one question: How many entries were there? Again, thank you very much and I look forward to the rest of the contest!

  3. Thanks so much for the feedback. Have spent the day taking it all on board and trying to improve the story. This is a first attempt at this writing thing!

    Helen – thank you for your kind comments. Hopefully you can one day soon read more of Emily.

  4. Maurine Howell

    Thank you for all the feedback. I, too, was intrigued by Scott Springer’s hero. The characters from the other first pages were interesting, too, in their own ways. I’m looking forward to reading all the first chapters.