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Slush Pile Workshop #4

With freelance editor Ann Paden and Writing Show host Paula B.

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Welcome to The Writing Show Slush Pile Workshop!

This 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 #4:

Life Support RTF version. Science fiction. Novella. When a medical missionary is desperate for supplies on a hostile alien planet, he turns to the only other person as desperate as him: a smuggler stranded without deep-space capability. Together they take a job treating an injured minor bureaucrat, but when you're on the wrong side of an inter-planetary cold war, things are never that simple.

The Wonderful Instrument RTF version. Fantasy, satire. Novel. A dashing but insecure young political refugee befriends a strange and friendless boy, not realizing that the boy is a modern Frankenstein's monster.

Unsung Heroes RTF version. Science fiction. Short story.

Tales from the Bad-Lands: Resort PDF version. Young adult. Short story. Tales from the Bad-Lands is a fictional exploration of the endurance of the human spirit in times of tragedy. Specifically, Resort is the tale of a girl choosing the lives of her friends and family over her own.

In Greener Pastures RTF version. Literary fiction. Novel. When eternal optimist Funmi Haruna abandons her wealthy life in Hillspring, South Carolina to teach homeless children in Lagos, Nigeria, she is unprepared for the danger of African life and the love of a man determined to escape to the West forever.

Host: Paula B.
Interviewee: Ann Paden
Date: July 11, 2010
Running time: 01:03:37
File size: 30 megabytes
Rating: PG (language)