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Did you know the North Carolina Writers’ Network offers an ongoing critiquing and editing service for its members? Through this program, Network writers have the opportunity to open a dialogue about their work with established writers and editors of varying backgrounds and areas of expertise.

Whether you write fiction or essays, poetry or travelogues, there is a critiquer waiting to help you and your writing take that next step. Check out some recent testimonials:

 

"It was unbelievably helpful . . . I was totally impressed, and it was well worth the price. You have a very satisfied member."
—NCWN member Reid Wilson

 

"I received Betsy Humphreys' edits. They are very useful and give me much to correct but also reflect upon! Great service and a very exciting opportunity!"
—NCWN member Karin Lukas-Cox

 

"I have been working on my novel for quite some time and really wondered if I was on the right track. Therefore, I decided it would be most helpful to send a few pages just to see what someone thought about it. I must say, I am really glad I did, as Mr. Manchester's words greatly inspired me to continue on."
—NCWN member Jennifer Bower

 

Fees

All manuscripts must have a minimum of 5 pages.

Administrative Fee:

First 5 – 50 pages:

Each page thereafter:

$30 per manuscript

$3 per page

$2 per page

For example, the critique of a 100-page manuscript will cost $280:

$3 per page x 50 = $150
$2 per page x 50 = $100
Administrative Fee = $30
                                $280

 

Instructions

All prose manuscripts should be double-spaced, single-sided, with 1-inch margins and in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

Poetry must be single-spaced, with a limit of only one poem per page, with 1-inch margins and in 12-point, Times New Roman font.

Stage plays and screenplays must be submitted in proper format. Guidelines for stage plays and screenplays can be found here (courtesy of Story Sense) and here (courtesy of Writers Store).

Please number your pages.

Manuscripts should NOT be bound when submitted.

Please indicate your first preference plus two back-ups for a critiquer (see list below). Otherwise, we will select an appropriate critiquer based on availability.

To submit your work to the Network’s Critiquing & Editing Service, please send a single envelope or package with the following:

  • Your manuscript, properly formatted
  • A summary, synopsis, or table of contents for the critiquer’s reference (do not include this page when calculating the fee)
  • Payment by check or money order, made payable to the North Carolina Writers' Network
  • A self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage for your manuscript

Please mail to:

NCWN Critiquing Service
P.O. Box 21591
Winston-Salem, NC 27120

The critiquer will return the critiqued manuscript to you directly, using the SASE you provided.

If you have any questions, please call 336.293.8844 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

A Manuscript Consultation with your critiquer may be scheduled after the initial critique is complete, but is neither required nor guaranteed. The fee for a post-critique consultation is $50/hour, with no base fee. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested in scheduling a consultation.

 

Critiquers

For the complete list of critiquers, click here.

 

 
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