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Slush Pile Workshop #1

With Writing Show host Paula B.

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Welcome to The Writing Show Slush Pile Workshop!

Our new podcast series is designed to help you practice capturing readers’ attention. Inspired by literary agent Kristin Nelson’s two-page pitch sessions, Writing Show host Paula B.  will play agent and comment on your anonymous submissions on the show.

You know how important it is to hook a prospective agent or publisher in your first couple of pages. If you send your work out before it’s ready, you could squander an important opportunity. Don’t risk it. Try your material out on us first—for free!

For each work, there will be two possible outcomes:

  1. We stop reading before we get to the end. If that happens, we’ll tell you why.
  2. We like it! If we were agents, we’d be asking to see more.

We invite you to enter The Writing Show Slush Pile Workshop. You can find full rules here: More...


Here are the submissions for Slush Pile Workshop #1:

Dangerous Intersections PDF version. Romance. Just when Jennifer McCady thought her day could get no worse, she rear-ends Mike Bannister's car at a busy intersection—while texting on her cell phone. Mike's uncharacteristic over-reaction generates an animosity that prevents Jen from recognizing they are a perfect match – until she stumbles across the real Mike Bannister in the most unlikely of places. Microsoft Word version with comments.

Presumed Dead PDF version. Science fiction/supernatural. Marooned a 1000 light years from home, alone with ghosts and monsters, the last thing she wanted was rescue. Microsoft Word version with comments.

Dead in the corner of my bedroom PDF version. Women's fiction. Jane’s ordinary life is about to be transformed. She's a devoted mother and a hard-working wife, dedicated to her day job but still harbouring hopes of becoming a singer. With her guitar in her hands she feels real – but as she reaches for her dreams one moment shatters her world for ever. Microsoft Word version with comments.

I Eat Radioactive Bars...Instead of Pickles PDF version. Fantasy. My book is about a superhero who is on trial and pregnant. Also about the complex relationships between superheroes. Microsoft Word version with comments.

Manifest Destiny: Emergence PDF version. Science fiction. A hike, a crystal, a fever, and a recovery leading to an alien consciousness taking residence in his head lead Glen Garris and Nadine Matthews on an adventure unlike any they've ever been on before. Rich text version with comments.


Host: Paula B.
Date: March 28, 2010
Running time: 47:55
File size: 23 megabytes
Rating: G