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Evaluation Service assists writers at all levels of development who would like a professional response to their unpublished work.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:
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.
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:
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:
Whether your name appears anywhere else in the manuscript is up to you.
2. A letter with:
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:
c/o Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild
Regina, SK S4P 3R9
Contact the Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 306.791.7743 for any further information.