If you are requesting a review, please select three authors from the list below. Make certain that the author is available when you would like your review, and that they review in the genre you're submitting. Please ensure you have read the full guidelines.


Chris Benjamin

chrisbenjaminwriting.com

GENRES: Long form fiction, Short fiction, Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Memoir, Research-based non-fiction, Historical Fiction

In his words:

"I write and edit narrative pretty much every day. As a journalist with hundreds of published stories, I make sense of complex information by making it into story. As a journalist and features writer, I've worked in Canada and abroad, including a stint working for a daily national newspaper in Ghana. I shared an honourable mention in the 2009 Canadian National Magazine Awards for a story about a Ghanaian prison. I've written for a long list of magazines and newspapers in Canada and the United States. A few highlights include The Globe and Mail, Science Friday, Chronicle Herald, Z Magazine, Canadian Dimension, This Magazine, Briarpatch, Saltscapes, Halifax Magazine, The Halifax Examiner, Progress Magazine, and The Coast. My piece on efforts to create an onshore fish farm won a Silver Atlantic Journalism Award for Saltscapes Magazine. My goal in every story is to bring human faces to complex issues, touching not only the minds but the hearts of readers. Most prominently, this work shows in my books.

My latest is Indian School Road, which uses historical and contemporary research to tell the difficult and multi-faceted story of the Maritimes' only Indian Residential School. Released in August 2014, this book won the Dave Greber Prize for social justice writing. My previous book, Eco-Innovators: Sustainability in Atlantic Canada, won the 2012 Best Atlantic-Published Book Award and was a finalist for the Richardson Non-Fiction Prize. It is a series of profiles of farmers, fishers, activists, politicians, businesspersons, artists and others committed to improving how we live for the sake of the planet. My novel, Drive-by Saviours, won the H.R. Percy Prize, was longlisted for a ReLit Prize and made the Canada Reads Top Essential Books List in 2011. It received critical acclaim from national and local publications.I've also published about 20 short stories in literary journals, magazines and anthologies (published by the likes of Descant, Nashwaak Review, Roseway, Pottersfield Press, Voiceprint Canada, The Society, Rattling Books, Third Person Press, and Fierce Ink)."

AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September, October - December 


Lindsey Carmichael 
www.lecarmichael.ca

GENRES: Research-based non-fiction, Early Reader/Chapter Books, Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy

In her words:

"I have published 18 books for kids and teens, in addition to articles in magazines like National Geographic Explorer and Highlights for Children. I've also studied YA fiction with an emphasis on fantasy, and am currently working on my first novel. I have extensive experience teaching and mentoring writers at the university and continuing education levels."

AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September


Valerie Compton 
Writers' Council Profile (including publication history.)

GENRES: Long Form Fiction, Short Fiction

In her words:

"Valerie Compton is author of the novel Tide Road, a finalist for the Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award. Her short fiction has appeared in The Malahat Review, The New Quarterly, Riddle Fence, and other publications. She has worked as an independent editor, mentor, and workshop leader since 2005.

I've been publishing literary fiction since 2001 and editing fiction since 2005."

AVAILABILITY: April - June


Deirdre Dwyer 

Writers' Council Profile (including publication history.)

GENRES: Short fiction, Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Memoir, Research-based non-fiction, Early Reader/Chapter Books, Young Adult Fiction, Poetry

In her words:

"As a poet, I consider the genres checked above to be similar to poetry in that they require similar editing, concision.and use of evocative language. I have worked with my poetry group, editing various poems, and with many students as a teacher of various genres.

I have honed my critquing & editing skills as a student, and as a teacher of Creative Writing, Business Writing, and ESL instructor. I am a Writer-in-the Schools, and enjoy working with writers of all ages to help them improve their writing.

I am the author of two poetry collections: The Breath that Lightens the Body (Beach Holme, 1999) and  Going to the Eyestone (Wolsak & Wynn, 2002) ECW Press will publish my 3rd collection this fall: The Blomidon Logs."

AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September, October - December


Jaime Forsythe 
Writers' Council Profile (including publication history.)

GENRES: Short fiction, Poetry

In her words:

"Poetry: Author of the poetry collection SYMPATHY LOOPHOLE (Mansfield Press, 2012). Poems published in numerous print and online publications, including This Magazine, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Matrix, Lemon Hound, The Rusty Toque, and more. Have taught poetry workshops through a community program for youth and adults and at Mount Allison University.

Short Fiction: Editor of the anthology TRANSITS: STORIES FROM IN-BETWEEN (Invisible Publishing, 2007). Fiction published in Geist, Kiss Machine, Syphon. Taught Creative Writing: Fiction at Dalhousie University. "

Experienced writer, editor, and writing instructor. BA Concordia (English & Creative Writing), MFA University of Guelph (Creative Writing). Author of SYMPATHY LOOPHOLE (Mansfield Press, 2012).

AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September

Sylvia Gunnery 
Writers' Council Profile (including publication history.)

GENRES: Long form fiction, Short fiction, Early Reader/Chapter Books, Young Adult Fiction

In her words:

"Mentorships: for the WFNS Mentorship Program (YA fiction). Writing Workshops:  the craft of writing fiction for adults, for teens, and for children. Judging Writing Competitions:  YA fiction, essay, short fiction,  children's picture books, and chapter books.

My career in writing began in 1978 with the publication of a short story in Grain Magazine.  Since then, I’ve published over 20 books for teens, children, and educators.  As a manuscript reviewer, I offer my best critical and creative skills, caring about the draft writing as much as I do my own."

Publication History:  short fiction (magazines); YA fiction; middle-grade fiction; chapter books; early reader fiction and non-fiction; teacher resources (writing curriculum)

Editing Experience:  chapter books, early reader fiction and non-fiction; teacher resources

Manuscript Reviews: with the Writers' Union of Canada program; several private contracts.

AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September, October - December


Heather MacKenzie Carey 
www.pixiedusthealing.com
 
GENRES: Long form fiction, Short fiction, Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Research-based non-fiction
 
"Heather has a background in Health Care,Emergency Management, Adult Education, Small Business and Change Management. Heather has published in the areas of emergency management, crisis intervention, interpersonal communication, and alternative healing modalities. She is the author of two textbooks, a Children’s Picture Book and a Creative Non-Fiction novella.I have a background in education, health, and emergency management. I read anything and everything and have learned through my own writing and publishing mistakes that success is a group project.
 
Bioterrorism and Biological Emergencies (Pearson; 2003)
Chemical and Terrorist Emergencies (Pearson; 2004)
Melvin's Balloons (2010)
Sweet Shack & Bach Bar (2011)
 
Numerous articles in areas of emergency management, homeopathic and alternative medicine, crisis management, interpersonal communications."
 
AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September, October - December

 
GENRES: Long form fiction, Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Research-based non-fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy
 
In her words:
 
"I’m an award-winning journalist and have worked as a reporter and editor in many parts of the world. I’m a former editor of Celtic Life International magazine and a co-founder of the news site www.entrevestor.com. 
I have published two young adult novels. The first, a contemporary story called Charged, was published by James Lorimer in 2008. The second, a fantasy called Membrane, was published by Fierce Ink Press in 2013. I am a contributor to the non-fiction immigration anthology Coming Here, Being Here, published by Guernica Editions in 2016.
In the 1990s, I ran Precocious Press with my husband Peter Moreira. We produced the Tiny Travellers series of children’s travel books, including Tiny Travellers in London, Tiny Travellers in Hong Kong and Tiny Travellers in Tokyo.
In my role as an editor and manuscript reviewer, I love helping writers hone their work and develop their own voice. Writing can be tough and lonely. All writers lose perspective after a while. Fresh, engaged and experienced eyes are invaluable.  I enjoy providing those eyes!"
 
Charged, James Lorimer, 2008
Membrane, Fierce ink Press, 2013
Celtic Life International magazine editor, 2012-2013
www.entrevestor.com, editor and co-principal, 2013-2016
Publications written for include: the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail; South China Morning Post, Travel Trade Gazette, Halifax Magazine etc.
 
 
AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September, October - December

Lorri Neilsen Glenn 
lorrineilsenglenn.com

GENRES: Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Memoir, Research-based non-fiction, Poetry, Essays
 
In her words: 
"Experienced editor (and author) of poetry and creative non-fiction manuscripts & work in progress (see website). Mentor, MFA program, PhD/writing & writing education.
 
Strengths-- Solving conceptual and structural challenges. Supportive, direct, effective ""Word whisperer""" Website: lorrineilsenglenn.com. Award-winning author, editor of several books of poetry & nonfiction. Former Halifax Poet Laureate. Welcomes submissions, but will need enough notice to plan."
 
AVAILABILITY: October - December

 
GENRES: Long form fiction, Short fiction, Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Memoir, Research-based non-fiction, Young Adult Fiction
 
In her words:
"I have many years experience in editing and offering manuscript services, the latter primarily to memoir writers. I have done this work online, or via contacts I have made with the memoir writing courses I put on each year, in Nova Scotia and BC. I would be pleased to work in all forms of non-fiction and fiction.
 
Marjorie Simmins is an author, journalist, teacher and speaker. For details, please visit her website, Memoirs & More: www.marjoriesimmins.ca."

AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September

John Wall Barger

GENRES: Poetry

In his words:
"My poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including The Best Canadian Poetry in English (2008, 2015) and The Montreal Prize Global Poetry Anthology (2011, 2013). My second book, Hummingbird (Palimpsest, 2012), was a finalist for the Raymond Souster Award. My third is The Book of Festus (Palimpsest, 2015).
I have more than fifteen years experience professionally editing poetry manuscripts, teaching university poetry (including post-graduate students working on creative theses), and publishing poetry extensively in Canada and the U.S.
 
From 2012-2014, I worked as a Creative Writing Instructor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where I was the supervisor of numerous students working on poetry manuscripts."

AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September, October - December


GENRES:Long form fiction, Short fiction, Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Memoir, Research-based non-fiction, Early Reader/Chapter Books, Young Adult Fiction, Fantasy, Historical Fiction

In her words:
"Over the past nine years, Marianne has edited everything from picture books (Creative Book Publishing) to academic texts (Fernwood Publishing), general non-fiction (Nimbus Publishing), and YA and historical fiction (Acorn Press, CBU Press, Second Story Press). She has also worked directly with a memoirist, bringing his life's work to a point that has attracted the interest of a major publisher.
 
I work hard to provide assessments that authors find both insightful and helpful. I respect the trust authors place in me; I give every manuscript the careful consideration it deserves."

AVAILABILITY: April - June, July - September, October - December