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Evaluation Service assists writers at all levels of development who would like a professional response to their unpublished work.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

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 a certain author you request. If you wish to have a certain 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 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.

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 (not in display fonts like Monotype Corsiva)
  • font size should be 12 pt
  • pages must include 1 inch margins
  • entries must be on white 8 1/2 by 11 inch 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
  • 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 110,000 words; if your manuscript is larger than that, please consider further edits before submitting.

Manuscripts are accepted year-round. 

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). 

Whether your name appears anywhere else in the manuscript is up to you.

2. A letter with:

  • ​Your name, mailing address, email address and phone number;
  • A 1-2 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

Payment can be received by cheque or by Paypal. Please refer to the fee table below.

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

Always keep a copy of your manuscript for your files.


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. 






Picture books with text under 3,000 words


1 to 20,000 words


20,001 to 50,000 words


50,001 to 75,000 words


75,001 to 100,000 words


100,000 to 110,000 words




Up to 24 pages


25 to 64 pages


65 to 100 pages



Submit your manuscript to:

Yolanda Hansen
c/o Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Box 3986
Regina, SK  S4P 3R9

Contact the Program Manager at or at 306.791.7743 for any further information.

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