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Slush Pile Workshop #29

With 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.

Here are the submissions for Slush Pile Workshop #29:

A Love Song for Polyhymnia.   YA Fantasy/LGBT Romance.  Siblings are torn apart and pitted against each other when a teenage girl living in a post apocalyptic city falls in love with an ancient goddess. The girls brother joins a homophobic religious sect that denies the existence of other deities and the goddesses siblings have vowed to never let her know love again.

The Scroll of Life.  Middle Grade Fantasy/Adventure.   Eleven-year-old Pike Morrow spends his days causing mischief, daydreaming about the father he never knew, and trying to forget that he is a wizard. But when the town's Mahjic starts to disappear, and the people's wands begin to malfunction, his older brother, Archer, is the only one willing to investigate. Pike is drawn into an adventure that will take him to the far reaches of the land of Arca on a quest to restore the world's Mahjic before it's too late. But there is even more at stake than he realises as the town's terrible secrets, long buried, begin to resurface....

Host: Paula B.
Date: July 21, 2012
Running time: 48:57
File size: 23 megabytes
Rating: PG (some profanity and sexuality)