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Manuscript Evaluation Service

A Professional Response to Your Unpublished Work

The Manuscript Evaluation Service assists writers at all levels of development who would like a professional response to their unpublished work. The service is available to all Saskatchewan writers (you must be a Saskatchewan resident), and uses the talents of the SWG published members. 

 

What you can expect 

You will receive a written evaluation that includes the following: 

  • an editorial assessment of your manuscript in progress; 
  • a summary of the strengths and weaknesses in terms of publishability; 
  • advice on steps that you may take to further develop your manuscript or advice on marketing and publicity; and
  • a response for up to three specific questions that you may submit with your manuscript separately.

Your manuscript will be sent to a published author—either one we select who will then give you an anonymous evaluation, or a specific author you request. If you wish to have a specific author evaluate your work, then you must contact the Program Manager in advance.

Depending on the length of your manuscript and the availability of evaluators, the entire process may take six to eight weeks or longer. You may use this service only once every 12 months. The availability of this service is contingent on someone willing to read your manuscript.

The SWG wishes to emphasize that use of its Manuscript Evaluation Service will not guarantee publication. Please also note this is an evaluation service, not a page-by-page/line editing service, and only overall comments will be made. Do not expect corrections or editorial comments on the manuscript itself.

Eligibility guidelines

  1. You must be a Saskatchewan resident;
  2. You must not have used the service within the last 12 months.

How to submit

Manuscripts must be submitted in the following manner:

  • submissions must be in English;
  • all material must be typed in body-text fonts like Times New Roman, Courier, or Arial;
  • font size should be 12 pt;
  • pages must include 1" margins;
  • entries must be on white 8 1/2" x 11" bond paper of standard weight;
  • entries must be single-sided (if the manuscript is large, please contact the Program Manager about double-sided);
  • entries must be printed in black ink;
  • pages should be numbered sequentially;
  • double-space prose (entire manuscript)—poetry may be single-spaced; 
  • to fasten submissions, use paper clips (including fold-back clips) or rubber bands for bulkier manuscripts—avoid staples or any other fastener which goes through the paper (including binders, presentation covers, or coil binding). Please do not fold sheets;
  • we will not accept manuscripts submitted by fax, email or on disk; and
  • if you are submitting a picture book manuscript, please send in a text-only manuscript; do not include photos or illustrations of any kind.

We will only accept manuscripts as large as 100,000 words; if your manuscript is larger than that, please consider further edits before submitting.

You must also include the following:

1. A cover page with: 

  • the title of your manuscript;
  • your name; 
  • the number of words in the manuscript; and 
  • the type of work (e.g. science fiction, young adult novel, prose poetry, short story). 

2. A letter with:

  • ​your name, mailing address, email address and phone number;
  • a one-two sentence description of your manuscript;
  • up to three questions for the evaluator to consider;
  • instructions for the return of your manuscript (i.e. a self-addressed envelope) or authorization for the SWG to shred your manuscript after it has been evaluated.

3. Payment for the evaluation. 

4. A self-addressed, stamped envelope if you wish to have your manuscript returned.

Submit your manuscript to:

Program Manager, Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Box 3986
Regina, SK  S4P 3R9

Payment

Please pay by cheque or money order made out to the Saskatchewan Writers' Guild, or online by PayPal. 

Please note that your fee represents only a portion of the total fee received by the evaluator

Manuscript

 Fee

Prose

 

Picture books with text under 3,000 words

$35.00

1 to 20,000 words

$50.00

20,001 to 50,000 words

$75.00

50,001 to 75,000 words

$100.00

75,001 to 100,000 words

$125.00

 

 

Poetry

 

Up to 24 pages

$50.00

25 to 64 pages

$75.00

65 to 100 pages

$100.00


For more information, please contact:

Program Manager
T:
 306.791.7743 | E: programs@skwriter.com

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