• This is free. No strings attached. If you'd like to thank me, you can spread the word about my debut or buy me a coffee. Thank you, those who have asked about this. 

  • You can enter as many times as you like.

  • It can take a few weeks to find just the right match. If you want to check on the progress of your match, feel free to nudge me on Twitter @wendydheard

  • Concerned about privacy/internet safety? Use a pseudonym and create an email account just for CPing if you like.


In 2015, I was a runner-up in yet another writing contest. I'd been writing and querying for years, but I kept going through critique partners, never really connecting with anybody for long. 
After this particular contest, a lot of us were at loose ends. The purpose of the contest was to get matched with a mentor who would help hone your manuscript. We all really craved eyes on our work.
It occurred to me that, if I could centralize all of us in one database, I could match them up based on their genre and experience. I just needed a large enough data set. So I got on Twitter, asked the host of the contest to help me spread the word, and I put together about a hundred entries. That's a LOT of entries! 
Sure enough, I was able to match people up, and they were so happy with the results, I decided to continue the project after the post-contest push was over. I've now been doing this for almost three years. It's my way of helping writers in the position I used to occupy, that endless place of querying and writing and querying and writing...Every time someone from my CP Matchmaking project lands an agent or publishes a book, my heart soars with happiness.
I have discovered that fiction writing is a much more collaborative art form than I originally thought. I've come to rely on that collaboration. I can honestly say that, without my critique partners, I would not have a writing career.