Manuscript Evaluations

($50 Extra)

Available for In-Person Registration

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 one-on-one in-person appointment during the conference 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 1, 2023.

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: [Subject: Manuscript Evaluation, evaluator’s name]

2023 Manuscript Evaluation Team members:

  • John Gilstrap – fiction (10)
  • Lori Rader-Day – fiction (10)
  • Matthew Clemens – fiction (10)
  • Barbara Shoup – fiction/young adult (5)
  • Michael Martone – nonfiction (5)
  • Brent Bill – nonfiction (10)
  • Lou Harry – nonfiction/playwriting (10)
  • Chadwick Gillenwater – children’s and fiction (10)
  • Liz Whiteacre – poetry (10)

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

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