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Jul 31, 2020

FictionFive Contest - Results!

We are thrilled to announce the results of the 1st CritiqueMatch FictionFive Contest!

And the winner is… drum roll please…

Jul 1, 2020

FictionFive Contest

FictionFive Contest for Unpublished Writers!

The contest has closed and the results are in! 

Check here to view the winner and finalists. 

Contest Highlights

Submit the first of your unpublished manuscript and get a detailed score sheet with feedback from 5 top-rated writers—the CritiqueMatch community is known for providing constructive and encouraging feedback! The top rated entry wins $250. The top 3 finalists in each genre category receive a developmental editor’s feedback! 

- Submissions open: 
- Submissions close: 
- Finalists announced: July 31, 2020
- Score sheets sent to all entrants: within 30 days from finalists announcement.

- Top prize: 
Top 3 finalists in each genre category: 
All entrants: 

Genre Categories:
- Fantasy
- Science Fiction
- Romance
- Thriller
- Mystery


* We will donate 10% of the contest's proceeds to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) organization to support its important work to ensure justice, unity, and equality for all.


First round: top-rated CritiqueMatch peer writers. 
Second round: developmental editors.

Not ready to enter? Volunteer to judge instead! 
View the Score Sheet to be used by the judges.
Do you have questions? Email us here.


CritiqueMatch promotes Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our contest. Any writers regardless of their race, color, gender, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation are welcome to enter the FictionFive Contest. Entries are judged anonymously; as such, each entry is only judged on its writing craft merit. 
Contest entrants can also be judges in the contest.

There are two rounds of judging:
- In the first round, 5 top-rated CritiqueMatch peer writers in your genre will judge each entry. The lowest of the five scores will be dropped and the rest four scores will be averaged to create the final score of the first round. 
- The top 3 entries in each category will advance to the second round.
- In the second round, a developmental editor will score each entry. The editor’s score, on top of the first round’s score, will determine the final score and the winning entry for the top prize in the contest. 
- If there is a tie for the winning entry or the top 3 entries in each category, we will utilize the dropped score from the first round and/or an additional editor’s score, if necessary.


All submissions will get a detailed 

Would you like to volunteer to judge in our contest?
All five-star rated CritiqueMatch members in good standing can become judges!


Contest Rules & Guidelines
  • Contest participants must be members of 
  • Submit the first 1,500 words of your manuscript. If more than 1,500 words are submitted, only the first 1,500 words will be judged. Please submit a minimum of 1,000 words.
  • Format: all stories must be submitted by their author in Times New Roman 12 font and double-spaced text.
  • No synopsis is required.
  • You can submit multiple stories in the contest, one per each $25 fee, but we ask that you do not submit the same story more than once.
  • We currently only accept electronic submissions of works in English language.
  • All submissions must be previously unpublished and must be your own work (Fan fiction is not eligible). Your manuscript can be unfinished.
  • All entries must be received electronically by June 30, 2020 11:59p.m. EST.
  • A submission is considered complete only when the payment has been received.
  • All entries are final. No revisions are accepted.
  • We cannot process refunds once an entry has been received.
  • The $25 entry fee helps cover the administrative cost of the contest.
  • We’ll recognize 3 finalists in each of the Five Fiction categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance, Thriller, Mystery. If your story crosses over several genres, we ask that you select the genre that is the most important to your plot/characters.
  • Authors retain all rights to their work. The judging will be conducted via the secure CritiqueMatch platform and the authors’ work will not be accessible to the judges once judging is completed.
  • CritiqueMatch reserves the right to cancel the contest if no more than 5 entries were received in each of the aforementioned categories. Only in this case, CritiqueMatch will provide refunds to contest entrants.
  • If you recognize the submission you were assigned to judge, please let us know and we will reassign a submission to you.
  • CritiqueMatch’s Terms of Service apply to the competition participants. 
  • No cash substitution, transfers or assignments of prize allowed. All expenses, including taxes, relating to the winner's gift card, are the sole responsibility of the winner. By accepting a prize, the winner releases CritiqueMatch from any and all liability for any loss, harm, damages, cost or expense, including without limitation property damages, personal injury and/or death, arising out of participation in this contest or the acceptance of the prize. If, for any reason, (including unauthorized intervention, technical failures, or any other cause beyond the control of CritiqueMatch which affects the administration, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this contest), the contest is not capable of being conducted as described in these rules, CritiqueMatch shall have the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. 
  • Within approximately thirty (30) days after confirmation of the finalists, CritiqueMatch will provide all participants their prizes.
  • All participants will be individually notified of the results by e-mail.
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Jun 22, 2020

We are featured in Writer's Digest 101 Best Websites for Writers!

We are thrilled to announce that CritiqueMatch has been named one of the “101 Best Websites for Writers” in the newest issue of Writer’s Digest (May/June 2020) in the “Writing Communities” category!

First and foremost, we would like to thank our members who joined the CritiqueMatch community, trusted our mission and nominated us to Writer’s Digest! It’s our members’ passion for writing and their willingness to help each other that are the building blocks of our global platform.

As the time of this post, more than 3,000 writers and beta readers from 60 countries have joined CritiqueMatch, have exchanged more than 15,000 critiques, and have written more than 350,000 comments, helping other fellow members while growing their skills as writers, editors and beta readers.

We are thrilled by what we have achieved and offered to the writing community in our first 1.5 years of service!

Thus: a huge thank you!

These achievements and the recognition from Writers Digest are boosting our enthusiasm as we continue to improve our platform—thanks also to the great feedback we receive from our users.

We are currently working hard to configure the implementation of the “Pro-Critiquer” feature, which will allow active users with high ratings to apply for and be able to get paid for critiquing services.

This feature is on top of the existing website built, which means the platform will continue to be free for users looking to find critique partners and beta readers and exchanging their work.

Our goal is to empower your voice by continuing to provide a free space where anyone can find critique partners and beta readers, grow their skills, be vetted by the community and be able to get paid while pursuing their passion.

If you’re still not a member, join us today for free!


CritiqueMatch Team

Jun 5, 2020

Make the Most of Your Isolation Writing Time

By Tia Colborne.

"Great! Now I can finally write that masterpiece I've been putting off,” said every writer in the world at the beginning of social isolation.
Be honest. Like me, you had big plans back in March. How's it going for you? 

Ya, same here. It’s tougher than I thought.

May 20, 2020

Controlling Pace with Scene and Sequel

By Tia Colborne.

I want to let you in on a secret. The day I learned about the below writing tool was the day I understood how to create exciting and engaging fiction. It’s shocking that more people don't talk about it.

It's called scene and sequel.

May 1, 2020

Finding Your Voice

By Sarah Appleyard.

Voice. We all have one. Even our characters. It is oftentimes one of the defining reasons a reader returns to buy every book an author publishes. Also, one of the key pieces of a manuscript that editors, agents, and publishers use to determine if a book is worthy, in the first place, of publishing.

Apr 27, 2020

Use of Abbreviations in Writing

By Sonia Easley.

·      Shortened words are abbreviations. Examples are Nov. for November, Mr. for Mister, and Sr. for Senior. 
·      Acronyms and initialisms are abbreviations.
·      Acronyms are abbreviations made from the first letters of a series of words and pronounced as words on their own. Examples are NATO (North American Trade Organization), WASP (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant), and ASAP (as soon as possible).
·      Initialisms are abbreviations made from word initials and pronounced as initials. Examples are USA (United States of America), FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), CIA (Central Intelligence Agency).