Hot Night Critiques

Friday, May 20th 9:30 PM – Midnight


bdsm book reviews imageAfter an enthusiastic response from our 2014 conference, we are excited to offer Hot Night Critiques again in 2016. We’re even more excited to announce this year’s event is sponsored by BDSM Book Reviews! Hot Night is a popular Chicago-North RWA program that allows participants to bring up to 3 pages of a love scene—from sweet to scorching—for a small group critique. To participate, conference attendees (both pubbed and unpubbed are welcome) should plan to bring 25 copies of their scene*. Just want to listen? No problem, come join in the fun. This event will take place Friday evening. It’s BYOB from the hotel bar, but delectable treats (chocolate covered strawberries, anyone?) will be served.

Space is limited, and we encourage those interested in attending to please sign-up in advance by contacting Kit Jones at Be sure to indicate where your pages land on our heat meter: If you would like to attend as a Voyeur, that is fine! e-mail Kit and let her know what heat level you’d like to listen in on!

SWEET: Mild sensuality, mild heat, no graphic euphemisms.

SPICY: Moderate sensuality, moderate heat, more graphic language.

STEAMY: High level of sensuality, graphic description of anatomy and of sexual acts.

SCORCHING: Intense erotic scenes, may include BDSM and m/f/m or f/m/f menage.


* To allow time for as many participants to read their scenes as possible, please make sure your pages follow standard industry guidelines: 1″ margins, double-spaced, 12 pt font in Times New Roman or Courier. Thank You! We recommend you print your pages ahead of time, but there is a Business Center on-site at the Hyatt for your convenience as well.

* We know midnight is late, but at the last Spring Fling the event was so popular nobody wanted it to end! This year we’re allowing as much time as possible for the event. However, if you’re the pumpkin-turning type feel free to stay as long as you like, and sneak out when you want to get your beauty sleep.