Apply for Manuscript Review


1. Eligibility Criteria

To apply for the Manuscript Review Program, you must be a member in good standing of the WFNS. General membership is open to anyone who writes. Join by clicking here.

2. Reviewer Profiles

Select three potential reviewers from the profiles below. Make certain that each selected reviewer is available when you would like your review conducted and that they review in the genre you’re submitting.

Chris Benjamin

 “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 book 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).”

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

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Valerie Compton

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. She has been publishing literary fiction since 2001 and editing fiction since 2005.

GENRES: Long Form Fiction, Short Fiction


Deirdre Dwyer

   “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.”

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

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Alison DeLory

     “Long form fiction: as consulting manuscript editor I’ve critiqued several full-length adult fiction manuscripts. Short Fiction: as writing group member and participant in the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, I’ve critiqued short stories. Short form creative non-fiction (CNF): I’ve taught 2 university credit courses and two WFNS workshops on CNF writing, evaluating student’s work. Long form creative non-fiction: edited Take as Directed, a best-selling book. Research-based non-fiction: as academic editor I’ve edited theses, journal articles and research papers. Early Readers/Chapter Books: I authored two children’s chapter books and visited many schools participating in the Writers in the Schools.”

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.

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Jaime Forsythe

     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).”

GENRES: Short fiction, Poetry

AVAILABILITY: April – September

Sylvia Gunnery

     “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.”
     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.
     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.

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

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Heather MacKenzie-Carey

   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. She also has a background in education, health, and emergency management. She reads anything and everything and has learned through her own writing and publishing mistakes that success is a group project.
     Pulications: 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.

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

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Carol Moreira

     “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 
     “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!”
     Publications: Charged, James Lorimer, 2008. Membrane, Fierce ink Press, 2013. Celtic Life International magazine editor, 2012-2013., editor and co-principal, 2013-2016. Periodicals written for include: the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail; South China Morning Post, Travel Trade Gazette, Halifax Magazine, etc.

GENRES: Long form fiction, Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Research-based non-fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Lorri Neilsen Glenn

     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.’ Award-winning author, editor of several books of poetry & nonfiction. Former Halifax Poet Laureate. Welcomes submissions, but will need enough notice to plan.

GENRES: Short form creative non-fiction, Long form creative non-fiction, Memoir, Research-based non-fiction, Poetry, Essays

AVAILABILITY: October – December

Marjorie Simmins

 Marjorie Simmins is an author, journalist, teacher and speaker.
     “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 through my annual memoir writing courses in Nova Scotia and BC. I would be pleased to work in all forms of non-fiction and fiction.”

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

AVAILABILITY: April – September

Andy Verboom

     Andy Verboom is the author of six poetry chapbooks, editor of long con (an online magazine for art about art), and publisher of Collusion Books (a micro-press dedicated to collaborative poetry). His poetry has won Frog Hollow’s Chapbook Contest and Descant’s Winston Collins Prize, been shortlisted for CV2‘s Young Buck Prize and Arc‘s Poem of the Year, and appeared in Prism, The Puritan, Vallum, and elsewhere.
     Working regularly with poets to refine their manuscripts, Andy also leverages a strong background in literary studies (9 years) and communications instruction (12 years) to work on popular non-fiction manuscripts, including memoir, and academic non-fiction manuscripts, including art criticism and science writing.

GENRES: Poetry, Experimental and conceptual writing, Research-based non-fiction, Long form non-fiction, Short form non-fiction, Essays

AVAILABILITY: April – December

John Wall Barger

     “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.”

GENRES: Poetry

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Marianne Ward

     “With a dozen years’ experience as a freelance book editor, I have edited everything from picture books to academic texts, general non-fiction, YA and historical fiction, and memoir. Many of the manuscripts I’ve edited for authors have gone on to secure traditional publishing contracts, and many I’ve edited for publishers have been nominated for (and won) major book awards. I work hard to provide honest, helpful assessments. I respect the trust authors place in me and give every manuscript the careful consideration it deserves.”

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

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Patrick Woodcock

     “Patrick Woodcock is the author of 9 books of poetry and countless reviews. His work has been translated and published in 14 languages. Since travel is so essential to his work, Patrick has lived and worked in such diverse countries as Iceland, Poland, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, The Sultanate of Oman, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, The Kurdish North of Iraq and Azerbaijan. Within Canada he has travelled from the West to East coasts, as well as working as a volunteer for almost a year with the elders of Fort Good Hope, NT (20km south of the Arctic Circle). He has read at international poetry festivals in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Slovenia, the Kurdish North of Iraq, Azerbaijan, England, The Republic of Georgia, Tanzania, Kenya and Canada’s Winnipeg International Writers Festival. While living in Colombia, he read at the Ibague Poetry Festival, The XVIII Medellin International Poetry Festival, and the Bogota Poetry Festival (being was the first poet from outside of Latin America to ever do so).
     “Patrick’s seventh book, Always Die Before Your Mother, was shortlisted for Canada’s ReLit award in 2010 and reached the number one spot on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list. His eighth book, Echo Gods and Silent Mountains, was extremely well reviewed all over the world and was called ‘the most beautiful, deep and touching collection of poetry written on Kurds by a non-Kurd’ by the Kurdish media network, Rudaw. His ninth book, You can’t bury them all (set in the Kurdish North of Iraq; Fort Good Hope, NT, Canada; and Azerbaijan), was published by ECW Press in 2016, won the Alcuin Society Book Design Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the JM Abraham Poetry Award in 2017.”

GENRES: Long form creative non-fiction, Short form creative non-fiction, Memoir, Travel writing, Poetry, Short fiction

AVAILABILITY: April – December

Manuscript Review Application Form

Estimates must be based on pages that are double-spaced and in Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font.
Optional. Minimum of three weeks for a 10-page manuscript, measured from the date the reviewer receives the manuscript to the date is it returned to the writer.
E.g., dialogue, setting, character development, flow, plot, technique, or craft.
Technical editing (as described on the main Manuscript Review Program page) is not provided.
Ensure the reviewers you select are available and work in your selected form and genre.
You must be a WFNS member to participate in the Manuscript Review Program. Membership is open to anyone who writes.

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