First 10-Lines Critique Sessions

Agents, acquisition editors, and indie publishers are so swamped with submissions that they look for quick ways to reject everything in their slush pile. How can your writing get their attention? Find out during the first 10-Lines Critique Sessions November 10 and 11 from 8:40 to 9:40 AM.

Listen as literary agents Steven Salpeter, Amy Collins, Lori Colvin, Emiliy Williamson, and Katharine Sands critique attendees' previously submitted first ten lines. Whether you submit work for critique or prefer just to listen to the experts, you will learn a lot.

Want to submit work?

Simply upload the first ten lines of your fiction or nonfiction manuscript no later than October 13. The upload link will be available through the 'Extras' tab once you register for the conference. 


  • Genre of work should appear in a header at the upper right of the 10-line submission
  • The title should appear above the first line and does not count toward the ten line limit
  • Authors will remain anonymous
  • All prose genres welcome
  • No fee
  • One submission per attendee
  • Manuscripts will be pre-selected to ensure variety; not all submissions will be read
  • Entries must be typed on 8.5 x 11-inch white paper, 12-point Times New Roman or Courier font, black ink, double-spaced with 1-inch margins; work improperly formatted will not be considered for possible critique
  • Only registered attendees are eligible to submit work for the First 10-Lines Critique Sessions

First ten lines DOES NOT MEAN first ten sentences.