Overview

The WFNS Manuscript Review Program is designed for writers at all stages in their careers to have their poetry or prose read and reviewed by a professional writer or professional editor. Manuscripts at various stages of development will be accepted. Reviewers will provide opinions on manuscripts submitted and will offer advice for future steps in the writing process. This service is intended to help writers identify strengths and weaknesses in a specific piece or in their writing in general. Note: you must be a member in good standing of the WFNS to access this service. Click here for information on membership. 

Fees 
$100 for the first 10 pages (or less)* & $1.50 per page thereafter
(eg: 200 page manuscript: $100 + 190 pages @ $1.50 per page = $385)
*Pages must be double spaced, 12-point Arial or Times New Roman

An additional $5 administration fee will be charged for any changes to the agreement between writer and reviewer, whether a reduction or increase in the number of pages to be reviewed.

Please Note: All exchanges between WFNS, reviewers, and writers will be done digitally. If you wish to work in print, you may do so, but the WFNS is not responsible for mailing printed copies of the manuscripts, nor will the WFNS reimburse for postage costs.  

How to Request a Manuscript Review 

All writers who wish to have a manuscript reviewed are required to submit an application detailing:

  • type and length of project (poetry, short fiction, etc)
  • how many pages to be reviewed
  • requested timeline for the reviewer to return the manuscript
  • any specific areas the writer would like the reviewer to focus on
  • a list of three (3) potential reviewers (profiles will be available on the WFNS website)

It is the responsibility of writers to ensure their manuscripts are polished and edited to the best of their ability prior to submission.  

Click here to see reviewer profiles.

Click here to apply for a review.

Manuscript Review Process 

Once a manuscript has been approved for review, the WFNS will match the writer with a reviewer. 

A 10-page manuscript accepted by a reviewer will require a three-week turnaround time from the date the reviewer receives the work to when the review returns the manuscript. 

Timelines for the review of manuscripts longer than 10 pages will be up to the discretion of the reviewer in consultation with the writer. 

Once a match has been made between writer and reviewer, the WFNS will collect payment for the manuscript review service. Payment will be collected before work begins. If a writer wishes to have additional pages reviewed after a reviewer/writer match has been made, that writer must first inform WFNS office so the terms of agreement can be reviewed and additional payment collected before the additional pages are submitted to the reviewer.   

The process will not be anonymous either on the part of the writer or the reviewer. The reviewer is not obligated to answer any questions outside of the terms of the manuscript review agreement. Repeated or unwanted contact or harassment of the reviewer at any point during the manuscript review process (either during the review period or after receipt of the comments) will result in termination of the agreement with no refund. 

If disputes arise between the writer and reviewer at any point while engaged in the manuscript review service, WFNS will mediate and handle any refunds (if necessary).  

What to Expect When the Manuscript is Returned  

The feedback from the reviewer will take the form of several pages of written notes. For the base cost of the manuscript service ($100 for 10 pages), the feedback will be no less than two double-spaced pages. Additional pages of feedback will depend on the size of the manuscript and is up to the discretion of the reviewer.

This is not an editing service. Do not expect to have line-by-line criticism or comments on sentence structure, flow, grammar, or spelling. What writers can expect is comments on dialogue, setting, and characterization. Reviewers will also be paying attention to technique, craft, and technical ability. 

Additional feedback may take the form of suggesting what the writer might wish to do next with the manuscript or providing a list of potential publishers or journals. The reviewer is not required to offer writing career advice, but may do so if the reviewer chooses. 

 

Terminology

The following is a list of terms taken from the Editors’ Association of Canada website (www.editors.ca). 

Note that the WFNS Manuscript Review Service does not offer any of the below services. The Editors’ Association of Canada has an extensive list of accredited members who are available for hire. 

Developmental / Project Editing: Co-ordinating and editing a project from proposal or rough manuscript to final manuscript, incorporating input from authors, consultants and reviewers. May include budgeting, hiring, design supervision and project co-ordination.

Substantive or Structural Editing: Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. Changes may be suggested to or drafted for the author. May include negotiating changes with author.

Stylistic Editing: Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. May include checking or correcting reading level; creating or recasting tables and/or figures; negotiating changes with author.

Rewriting: Creating a new manuscript or parts of a manuscript on the basis of content and research supplied by an author. May include some research and writing of original material.

Copy Editing: Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts; marking head levels and approximate placement of art; notifying designer of any unusual production requirements. May include Canadianizing; metrication; providing or changing system of citations; writing or editing captions and/or credit lines; writing running heads; listing permissions needed and/or obtaining them; providing or editing prelims, back matter, cover copy and/or CIP data. May also include negotiating changes with author.
N.B. "Copy editing" is often loosely used to include stylistic and even structural editing, fact checking and mark-up. It is not so used by the Editors’ Association of Canada.

Fact Checking / Reference Checking: Checking accuracy of facts and/or quotes by reference to original sources used by author and/or from other sources.

Proofreading: Reading proofs of edited manuscript. Galley proofing may include incorporating and/or exercising discretion on author's alterations; flagging locations of art and page references; verifying computer codes. Page proofing may include checking adherence to mock-up (rough paste-up), accuracy of running heads, folios and changes made to type in mock-up, checking page breaks and location of art, and inserting page numbers to table of contents and cross-references if necessary. May also include checking vandykes and colour mats (press proofs).