Brett's Short Fiction Critique Circle - Meeting 3

You don't have to bring candy canes to this one, but you can.

Brett's Short Fiction Critique Circle is for those who write short fiction that they would like to have us read and critique. 3,000 words max, please. Fewer is fine, of course. Upload your work to our Dropbox at least one week prior to each meeting, please. We read and critique on our own and discuss same at the meeting. Feel free to bring hard copies of your critiques for the writer or email them later. Send an email address to me, Brett, if you would like access to our Dropbox.

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  • k.j. m.

    Hello Everyone:
    Hope you are still standing after the holidays. All the best for the new year. I was wondering if another session can be had before Jan 21. Reason, I'm considering submitting a story to Prism - info below, and so would be great to have you review it. If not, all's good.
    Poetry and Prose Contests!
    PRISM’s fiction and poetry contests! You have until January 23, 2014 to submit your entries.
    The winning fiction entry gets $2,000 and their work published in PRISM, and the poetry winner gets $1,000 and publication. First and second runners-up for each contest get $300 and $200, respectively. All entrants receive a one-year subscription to PRISM or an extension of an existing subscription (four issues per year).
    Entry fee: $35 Canadian entries; $40 US entries; $45 Int’l entries (includes a one-year subscription or extension)
    Additional entry: $5 each piece
    Max. word count: 6,000
    This year's short fiction contest judge is Joseph Boyden. Our poetry judge is Karen Solie.

    January 6, 2014

    • Averill Elisa F.

      I entered that last year. No luck, but it's a great magazine to get a subscription to :)

      January 6, 2014

    • Kat C.

      Hey - if a meeting cannot be organized before then I would certainly do a critique exchange - I am going to look into the contest and see if I have anything that might fit - thanks!

      January 6, 2014

  • Kat C.

    Great - thanks everyone for your great critique and I look forward to editing my story based on your suggestions -

    December 16, 2013

  • Caroline

    Apologies for not making it to the meeting this evening. Hope to be there next time.

    December 16, 2013

  • Kat C.

    Nat thanks for that link to the critique page - that was helpful - critiquing is tough but I know it will help me become a better writer also

    December 15, 2013

  • Nat

    I've put an eleventh-hour contribution in the dropbox. File is LeftArm_Roshak.pdf and password is "lefty". Apologies for the tardiness - we can critique this one next time but I thought I'd get it out there now.

    December 14, 2013

  • Nat

    The following site gives an excellent step-by-step for critiques:

    "How to Critique Fiction" by Victory Crayne -
    http://www.crayne.com/howcrit.html

    I've uploaded the template I use for critiques again, which is based on the step-by-step above, in case anyone finds it useful. critique_checklist.pdf

    December 14, 2013

  • Caroline

    Hi Brett, I still haven't received a link to the Dropbox. Could you let me have it please? Thanks

    December 6, 2013

    • Philip T.

      Hmm, thought I did fill that out. Anyways messaging you.

      December 7, 2013

    • Caroline

      I massaged as well...

      December 11, 2013

  • Philip T.

    ArrivalCritiqueCircle.pdf is prompting me for a password when I try to open it. Is anybody hitting that bump?

    December 10, 2013

  • Kristen D.

    I was hoping it might be possible for me to make time for this meetup event, but alas, I was kidding myself.
    That said, the commitment made to those whose pieces I promised to review still holds - you will have critiques in hand before Christmas, I swear!

    December 10, 2013

    • k.j. m.

      Kristen, sorry to be missing you, and I do look forward to your comments all the same, I'm sure the dialogue will continue in the next session, Kevin

      December 10, 2013

  • Brett M.

    Sad to say, I'm not going to be able to "host" on Monday. I hereby transfer the hosting duties to the group.

    I will schedule a January meeting just as soon as the shopping is done, the tree is decorated, the children are nestled all snug in their beds, and so on.

    December 10, 2013

  • k.j. m.

    Hello everyone:
    More tweets to my story, which I've uploaded again! A Fish out of WaterF6, f for final, for the 6th time, who was I kidding? Hopefully no-one has yet downloaded it - and no, I'm not asking anyone to be comparing docs.

    November 28, 2013

  • k.j. m.

    just to say I haven't read your story, so will download it. And to mention the version of "A fish out of water" is I think the 3rd and latest version of my story, so everything you've said also applied to mine.

    November 27, 2013

  • Brett M.

    As if to drive you all crazy, I have uploaded my story entitled Family Portrait (to the Meeting 3 Materials folder in our Dropbox) for the third and last time. The revisions contained in this final revision (at least one of them a kind of prosthetic support installed to keep the story from just falling over) reflect the many thoughtful observations and suggestions made by your goodselves. Now, as Nat has mentioned, it is hard to reread a story without bringing to it what you read the first (or second) time and I understand if you're just plain bored of Ford and his existential dilemma: do not feel in any way obliged, please. However, if you're one of the few associated with the group that has not read this story in a previous version, I hope you will like it. Note as well that I have lifted my hands from the keyboard--ceased my ceaseless tinkering-- crossed my fingers and submitted Family Portrait to a couple of journals.

    November 27, 2013

  • Brett M.

    All works to be critiqued at Meeting 3 are in the Meeting 3 folder in our Dropbox. (I copied Kat's "Arrival" to that folder. Note: password is katarrival.)

    November 25, 2013

  • k.j. m.

    Sorry I had to miss the last session, but it's a go for me on the 16th. I've re-edited my "A fish out of water" short story. What stories didn't get reviewed last session? Looking forward to meeting everyone again.

    November 25, 2013

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