($50 extra)

Email us up to five pages plus a one-page synopsis of a manuscript, completed or in progress. The synopsis should detail your work from beginning to end. The $50 fee covers a 15-minute appointment (via Zoom or phone call) with a member of the Manuscript Evaluation Team who has read your work before the conference. Because of time constraints, each member of the Manuscript Evaluation Team will evaluate a limited number of manuscripts. Manuscripts will be accepted on a “first-come” basis and manuscript submissions must be received by July 7, 2021.

Standard Manuscript Format:

  • Font: Times Roman, Arial, or Courier, 12 point
  • Margins: 1 inch on all sides
  • Paragraph indentation: 0.5 inches
  • Left justification; one space between sentences
  • First page: your name and contact information in the top left corner
  • Manuscript evaluation: double-spaced
  • Synopsis: single-spaced

Email manuscript to: midwestwriters@yahoo.com [Subject: Manuscript Evaluation, evaluator’s name]

2021 Manuscript Evaluation Team members:

  • Jessica Strawser (fiction)
  • Jay Coles (fiction: young adult)
  • Pam Mandel (nonfiction)
  • Silas Hansen (nonfiction)
  • Chadwick Gillenwater (children’s)
  • Allison Joseph (poetry)
  • Matthew Clemens (fiction) – co-author with Max Allen Collins of the Reeder and Rogers thriller series, plus 17 TV tie-in novels

The Team Member will determine the day/time of each video/phone conference.

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