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Slush Pile Workshop #2

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 #2:

Desert Witch PDF version.   Urban Fantasy.   In order to rescue her kidnapped niece, a troubled woman must vanquish the legendary wraith La LLorona. RTF version with comments.

"Must Love Dogs" PDF version.   Nonfiction Human Interest/Animals Short Story.   Just A Dog is a nonfiction short story collection that begins with the story, "Must Love Dogs", which is the story of how the author and her husband met-courtesy of Venus, his female German Shepherd. While the stories are mostly accounts of the author's life with her 4 dogs, it is also a love story, not just between the author and her husband, but the family with their dogs as well, showing the bonds that animals often have with their owners. RTF version with comments.

The Confessions of Brother Bede PDF version.   Fiction.   Thrown out of his monastery for questionable behaviour, Brother Bede meets the mysterious Brother Jacobus and embarks on an apocalyptic quest through medieval Europe and beyond. RTF version with comments.


Host: Paula B.
Date: April 25, 2010
Running time: 01:20:32
File size: 38megabytes
Rating: PG (some gore, swearing, sexual situations)