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2013 Manuscript & Workshop Critique Guidelines

Agent & Editor Critiques

If you wish to submit work for critiques by an agent and editor, please note that the rules have changed! We require that everything be submitted electronically, along with one hard copy of documents MAILED TO OUR OFFICE.

Those authors registered for the Writers' Tuition Package or All Events Package have as part of their packages one agent critique and one editor critique. For writers who already are represented, we can offer two critiques by editors. Only the seven winners of the Faulkner Society's literary competition and those Louisiana authors accepted as scholarship/volunteers are eligible for a complimentary tuition packages with the critiques. Runners-up and Finalists of the competition are eligible for a discount on the writers' tuitition package, as are students of Louisiana colleges and universities.

In addition to the two critiques included in the Writers' Tuition and All Events packages, those registered for such packages may opt to pay an additional fee for additional critiques. Each additional critique, whether an agent or an editor, requires an additional fee of $75.

Writers not registered for either package may register for an editor or agent critique at a cost of $100 per critique.

Payment of fees is required at the time writers sign up for critiques. Prior to submitting, please review the guidelines below. Agents and editors are assigned on a first-come, first -serve basis of requests and according to type of work submitted.

1. Write a cover letter in the body of your email to Words & Music stating that you are attending the conference and wish to have manuscript critiques and consultations. You may name the editor and agent you wish to speak with, but please remember, these assignments are on a first-come, first-served basis. We also attempt, as far as possible, to place manuscripts with appropriate professionals. (This cover letter also will be the first page of your snail-mailed copy.)

2. With the email letter, you will need to include the following as a single word.doc or pdf attachment as follows:  

A. For Novel, novella, or novel in progress, memoir, history, biography: Contact sheet (your name and all contact info, name of work, type of work, estimated word count of completed manuscript); synopsis (not more than one page single spaced or two pages double-spaced) and 25 to 30 pages, usually first couple of chapters, or some pages you feel are the best example of your writing skills. Total submission 7,500 words, double-spaced, one-inch margins. PLEASE NOTE: CONTACT SHEET,
We will not accept as paste-ins in e-mail message box.

B. For Short Story, Essay, Journalistic Feature (such as travel writing), or Criticism: Contact sheet, and entire manuscript, double-spaced, one-inch margins. PLEASE NOTE: CONTACT SHEET, TITLE, AND WRITING SAMPLE MUST BE IN A SINGLE DOCUMENT ATTACHMENT. We will not accept as paste-ins in e-mail message box.

C. For Poetry: Contact sheet, and selection of three poems. Note: none of the agents and editors who are participating in Words & Music. 2013 accept poetry as a rule. We are offering critiques by established poets who are widely published, however. And participating poets will be conducting advice sessions as well. Contact sheet and Poetry samples must be in a single document attachment.

Please Note: Once all assignments have been made and work is forwarded to editors and agents, your assigned editor and agent will contact you either by phone or e-mail to make yur appointments for your one-on-one consultations.


3. Since the conference is later, we have extended the deadline for submission. Send your electronic submission to: faulkhouse@aol.com and put "Manuscript Critiques" in your message header. Put your cover letter in the body of the email. For the hard copy, mail your cover letter and all applicable documents to: Manuscript Critiques, Faulkner Society, 624 Pirate's Alley, New Orleans, LA 70116

Important! General Guideline for all Categories

Urgent Please note: when you are naming your attachments, use your first and last name for the contact page (e.g. Rosemary James.doc) and for your entry use abbreviated title and category (e.g. Blind Love/Novel.doc). It is not necessary to put a variation of "Faulkner or Words & Music" in the title, as this has caused us lots of separating and filing problems, and a lot of extra work changing the titles so we can easily recognize the documents.

Again, you must register with applicable fees before or simultaneously with this electronic submission.  Only competition winners, and Louisiana writers approved by sponsors for scholarship participation may submit for manuscript critiques without paying applicable fees. For pricing details, Click Here!

When you come to the conference, bring several hard copies of your submission. Also, in the case of completed books, bring at least one copy of completed manuscript being critiqued in the event an editor or agent asks to see the
entire work.

Guidelines for:

Limited Registration Workshop Writing Samples

There will be Limited Registration Workshopsduring Words & Music, 2013. Submissions for these workshops should not be confused with the manuscript submissions for advance critique by editors and agents and one-on-one consultations with these agents and editors to whom you are assigned. For each of the three Limited Registration Workshops, the basic guidelines are the same, only the subject matter changes. So, if you are signing up for all limited registration workshops, you will need to plan on submitting three different writing samples.

Each limited registration workshop will be limited to 15 people and run two hours. Each class will be $50 per person. These limited registration workshops will not run concurrently and writers will be assigned on a paid first-come, first-serve basis. These worshops are not included in any package registration and it is not necessary to purchase a writers package to register for these workshops.There are no scholarship positions for these classes and no discounts.  All three classes require contact pages plus, depending on the class, 5-to-15 page submissions on the subject of the class for critique during the workshop, double-spaced, one-inch margins.The submissions must be e-mailed to us not later than November 7 in word.doc, docx, or pdf format. Other formats will not be accepted. The samples will be provided to workshop leaders in advance for review but please bring two hard copies of the relevant sample with you to each of the workshops.

The 2013 subject matter will include:

How to Write a Saleable Memoir, Brenda Copeland with Victoria Loustalot.
A hands-on memoir session where writers can come in and "workshop" their ideas for a memoir, led by one of the best editors in the publishing industry, who also is
one of the best writing teachers in the country, Ms. Copeland, Executive Editor at St. Martin’s, will conduct this workshop with her client Victoria Loustalot, author of
This is How You Say Goodbye
, a well received memoir just published by St. Martin’s. Ms. Copeland will give the publisher/editor perspective and Ms. Loustalot will speak from the author’s perspective. The workshop also will include power-point a presentation and printed hand-outs. Ten-page writing samples will be accepted for workshop critiques.  Samples must be provided not later than November 7.
Registration for critique is limited to 15 persons.  Other registered authors may

How to Write a Successful Screenplay, Mark Evan Schwartz.
In the professional world of spec feature film screenwriting, the first ten to 15 pages of a screenplay will make the manuscript or break it. If the set-up through inciting incidents does not immediately captivate, propelling the story and its leading characters forward in a way that compels the reader to keep turning the  pages, the agent, manager, development exec, and/or producer will pass. Screenplay master Mark Evans Schwartz will lead this hands-on workshop. Writers are invited to submit the  beginning of their feature film scripts, ten to 15 pages, along with a one  page synopsis of their screen story. Pilot, sitcom, and episodic television scripts will not be accepted. Submissions must be received no later than November 7. Enrollment is limited to 15 for critique.  Other registered writers may audit.

Book to Film: How to Improve Your Chances of Selling your Novel to
Holly wood studio, Television, or Major Publishing Houses, Marilyn Atlas.

Marilyn Atlas, an award-winning film and tv producer and talent manager of actresses, actors, and authors, will present scenes and analyze them with participating writers and explain what types of books work for film, tv, and the stage and why, using examples of books that have been effectively adapted, along with a brief discussion of the marketplace. The samples submitted should have strong, commercial storylines with hooks to grab the audience from the beginning. The class will include hands-on critiques, specifically dealing with character and viable storylines. Samples should be 10 to 15 pages. Registration is limited to 15 persons, first come-first serve. Other registered writers may audit.

Other workshops may be added. Check the schedule and these guidelines for

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