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Slush Pile Workshop #21

With Writing Show host Paula B.

Download and listen to Slush Pile Workshop #21 here

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.

Here are the submissions for Slush Pile Workshop #21:

Execution Day   Political Thriller. How do you prove all life has value? How do you prove a soul can be saved? If you're Sam Blake, the answer is you don't prove it. You just save it. You borrow $500 million from the government's black budget, build a secret town in the middle of the Arizona desert, smuggle 100 men out of death row, and watch what happens when you give them something worth living for. EXECUTION DAY is a 120,000-word political thriller about three men whose fates collide in a town surrounded by a 20-foot wall. Combatants when they first meet, all three must set aside their differences and join forces when, six months before the convicts are due to be released, the most powerful man in the world decides that killing all 100 men is his only chance of getting re-elected as President of the United States.

"Antihero"  Dark Fiction.   "Shade, a teenage boy obscured by the haze of his past and powers that allow him to control the Darkness around him (a dark force within every object and being in the universe), is in a constant struggle against his inner demons, that may ultimately lead to his demise, and his failure to finally become at peace with the universe.

Host: Paula B.
Date: November 5, 2011
Running time: 39:14
File size: 19 megabytes
Rating: PG (profanity)