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Professional evaluation at a sensible fee

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Evaluation Service assists writers at all levels of development who would like a professional response to their unpublished work.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, and uses the talents of Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild (SWG) published members. The SWG offers this service with the generous partnership of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.

What the service can do for you. 
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. 
  • A response for up to 3 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 one whom you select. If you want a certain writer to evaluate your work, you must obtain his or her approval. Please check the SWG database and indicate your preference. Your choice must be approved by our Program Officer.

Depending on the length of your manuscript and the availability of evaluators, the entire process may take 6 to 8 weeks or longer. You may use this service only once every twelve months. The availability of this service is contingent on someone willing to read your manuscript.

The Guild 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.


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 (not in display fonts like Monotype Corsiva)
  • font size should be 12 pt
  • entries must be on white 8 1/2 by 11 inch bond paper of standard weight like 20-pound
  • entries must be single-sided
  • entries must be printed in black ink
  • pages should be numbered sequentially
  • double-space prose; 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)
  • do not fold sheets
  • you must have a cover page that includes the following: 
    1) your name, 
    2) the number of words in the manuscript, and 
    3) the type of work (e.g. science fiction, young adult novel, prose poetry, short story). 
    Whether your name appears anywhere else in the manuscript is up to you. 
  • we cannot consider manuscripts submitted by fax or email or on disk
  • to have your manuscript returned, include a self-addressed, stamped envelope

Always keep a copy of your manuscript for your files.


Fees:

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

NB: Your fee represents only 40% of the total fee received by the evaluator. The remainder is subsidized with the generous support of the Saskatchewan Arts Board.  

Manuscript

 

 

 Fee

Prose

 

 


Under 3,000 words

 

 

$30.00

3,000 to 10,000 words

 

 

$50.00

10,000 to 20,000 words

 

 

$70.00

20,000 to 50,000 words

 

 

$90.00

50,000 to 100,000 words

 

 

$130.00

Poetry

 

 


Up to 24 pages

 

 

$50.00

25 to 64 pages

 

 

$90.00

65 to 100 pages

 

 

$110.00

Send your manuscript and payment to the following address:

Manuscript Evaluation Service 
Saskatchewan Writers' Guild 
Box 3986 
Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3R9

For more information, phone 306-791-7743 or email the Program Manager.

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