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 September 24 and 25 from 8:40 to 9:40 AM.

Listen as literary agents Jessica Errera, Kristina Slater, Lauren Bieker, and Matt Belford 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 manuscript no later than Aug. 20. The upload link will be available once you register for the conference.


  • Must include a removeable title page that identifies the title of the work, the author, and the genre (e.g., juvenile fiction, SF, YA, memoir, etc.; author name must not appear anywhere on the submission aside from the title page
  • Genre of work should appear in a header at the upper right
  • Authors remain anonymous; title page will be discarded after registration is confirmed but prior to the beginning of the critique session
  • 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 First10-Lines Critique sessions

First ten lines DOES NOT MEAN first ten sentences.