TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! Picture Book Critique Contest

Last summer, TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! made a monster appearance on bookstore and library shelves everywhere.  And now it’s won the 

That’s something to celebrate!

So  for all my writer friends out there I’m holding a

Win a free critique of a selected picture book manuscript. 

Here’s how it works:

Sign up for a critique by entering your picture book WORKING TITLE in the comment section of this blog post anytime (midnight to midnight Mountain Time) on July 29th. Titles submitted before or after July 29th will not be considered.

I’ll throw all the submitted titles into a hat and pick 1 for critique.

Keep in mind:
* Manuscripts must be 1000 words or less.

* I accept only fiction.

* I’m not an editor and will not be providing line-editing of your work. My critique will be comprised of suggestions for improving your manuscript. So please send me your most polished piece.

* The critique winner must e-mail me his/her manuscript as a Word attachment within 48 hours of the announcement . Manuscripts will be kept completely confidential. When I receive the manuscript, I’ll let the author know when to expect my critique.

* As with any art form, likes and dislikes are entirely subjective. Please understand that my critiques are only one reader’s/writer’s opinion. It’s always wise to seek feedback from a few different readers. If my ideas resonate with you, they’re yours to use. If you disagree, I encourage you to compare my comments with those of other readers. But in the end, it’s your book. Stay true to your vision.

I look forward to reading your work.

P.S. Please stop by my Colorado Book Award Celebration for giveaways and other prizes and don’t forget to check out  TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! at your favorite bookstore or library.

52 Responses to “TIME OUT FOR MONSTERS! Picture Book Critique Contest”

  1. Anonymous

    Hi Jean!<br /><br />Congratulations on the award!<br />Can I please be entered into your critique giveaway, my working title is &#39;One small step for a boy&#39;.<br /><br />Good luck everyone!<br />

  2. andriawarmflashrosenbaum.com

    Congratulations on your award, Jean!<br /><br />My book&#39;s title is:<br />RAIN DANCE

  3. Julie Ford

    Thanks Jean! &quot;Let&#39;s hope My Dreamland Zoo&quot; gets the lucky draw! Congrats on the success! – Julie Ford

  4. JodyJS

    Congratulations, Jean! My title is Marion Disappears. Thanks!

  5. skywriter

    Congratulations, Jean! Thanks for offering this opportunity. My book&#39;s title is:<br /><br />SERAFINA&#39;S NEW SCHOOL<br /><br />SARAH8778 (at) aol (dot) com<br />(ButterflyGirl at Verla&#39;s)

  6. Jennifer

    Jean, thank you for always being *so* generous with your time and talent!<br /><br />My working title is &quot;Shark Takes the Stage.&quot;<br /><br />Cheers!

  7. Wendy

    Wonderful post and opportunity.<br />My working title is &quot;Lola Shapes the Sky.&quot;

  8. Sharon

    Hi Jean <br /><br />Thanks so much for doing this!<br /><br />My title(the one I posted for a crit on verla kay for under schriscoe) is:<br /><br />How Do Racecars Say Goodnight?<br /><br />schriscoe at yahoo dot com

  9. Evelyn

    Congratulations on your award, Jean! And thanks for doing this drawing. My title is: Carter&#39;s Most Favoritest Parade Ever.

  10. mindyalyse

    Congrats again for winning the Colorado Book Award!<br /><br />Thanks so much for holding another giveaway. I&#39;d love to enter my picture book, The Greatest Trick of All.

  11. Juanita

    Thanks for taking time out to offer the prize of a critique. My picture book title: VICTOR&#39;S COW.

  12. Cindyb

    Congrats!! Colorado has good taste in reading!<br /><br />ALIENS CAME IN MY ROOM<br /><br />

  13. Sue

    Congratulations, Jean! <br /><br />My picture book is &quot;Pictures for Penny.&quot;<br /><br />Thanks!<br />Sue

  14. Sita Singh

    Thank You Jean! <br />My Book&#39;s title is &quot;DARE OR BEWARE&quot;

  15. Anonymous

    I&#39;d love to win this 🙂 <br />&quot;The Fanciest Pirate&quot;

  16. Unknown

    Congratulations on the award!<br />Norma Jean Tames the Basement Beast<br />Denise Schurr

  17. Deb Shumaker

    Congrats Jean!<br /><br />My working title: I&#39;M MAD!<br />

  18. Johnny and Ashley

    Thank you for this great opportunity!<br /><br />The title of my manuscript is, THE FROG-KISSING PRINCE.<br /><br />Thanks again.<br /><br />Ashley

  19. Mary

    Thanks Jean and congrats!<br /><br />The title of my manuscript is, CIRCUS BOY.<br /><br />

  20. Sarah Azibo

    You never cease to amaze me with your generosity, Jean! What a gift to offer writers! Thank you! <br /><br />&quot;Searching for Samuel&quot;

  21. Lois

    Congratulations on your award, Jean!<br />PB title: KC Rides Again!

  22. Grace Routh

    Thank you so much for offering your expertise for this contest! And congrats on the recent award. <br /><br />The title of my manuscript is: HEART OF INK<br /><br />gracerouth at gmail dot com

  23. Jean Reidy

    Hey all! I&#39;m going to catch a few ZZZZZZs. But I&#39;ll be back bright and early to moderate and approve the comments that come in between now and midnight. Don&#39;t worry – comments come in with time stamps. So even though they may not post until morning, if they come in before midnight, they&#39;ll still be entered. <br /><br />Goodnight!

  24. Jean Reidy

    OOOOOOH WOW! So many entries. And hundreds of hits.I wonder if any of these fabulous titles will catch an editor&#39;s eye. <br /><br />In the meantime, on to the business of critiquing. Just to keep things fair and square, I use Random Number Generator to select the winner. And today that is …<br /><br />SHARK TAKES THE STAGE<br /><br />Congratulations!!!<br />Please send me your manuscript as

  25. Jennifer

    Yay! I won! I won! I had to read it three times to make sure. Thank you *so much*!!! Can&#39;t wait to send it your way soon…..