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.

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.

GENRES: Long-form fiction, Short-form fiction, Historical fiction; Short-form creative nonfiction, Long-form creative nonfiction, Memoir, Research-based nonfiction

AVAILABILITY: April – December

“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-form fiction


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: Short-form fiction; Short-form creative nonfiction, Long-form creative nonfiction, Memoir, Research-based nonfiction; Poetry; Early-reader/chapter books, Young adult fiction

AVAILABILITY: April – December

“As a poet, I consider the genres 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 three poetry collections: The Breath that Lightens the Body (Beach Holme, 1999), Going to the Eyestone (Wolsak & Wynn, 2002), and The Blomidon Logs (ECW, 2016).

GENRES: Long-form fiction, Short-form fiction; Short-form creative nonfiction, Long-form creative nonfiction, Memoir, Research-based nonfiction; Early reader/chapter books

AVAILABILITY: April – December

“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: Short-form fiction; Poetry

AVAILABILITY: April – September

“I’m an experienced writer, editor, and writing instructor with a BA Concordia (English & Creative Writing) and MFA University of Guelph (Creative Writing). I’m the author of the poetry collection Sympathy Loophole (Mansfield Press, 2012); have published poems in numerous print and online publications, including This Magazine, The New Quarterly, The Antigonish Review, Matrix, Lemon Hound, The Rusty Toque, and more; and have taught poetry workshops through a community program for youth and adults and at Mount Allison University. I’m also the editor of the short fiction anthology Transits: Stories from In-Between (Invisible Publishing, 2007); have published fiction in Geist, Kiss Machine, and Syphon; and have taught Creative Writing: Fiction at Dalhousie University.”

GENRES: Long-form fiction, Short-form fiction; Early-reader/chapter books, Young adult fiction

AVAILABILITY: April – December

“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-form fiction; Short-form creative nonfiction, Long-form creative nonfiction, Research-based nonfiction

AVAILABILITY: April – December

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, Literary fiction, Genre fiction; Long-form creative nonfiction, Short-form creative nonfiction, Memoir, Research-based nonfiction; Picture books


“I am the deputy editor of the international Buddhist magazine Lion’s Roar (formerly called the Shambhala Sun). This position has given me fifteen years of experience helping both New York Times bestselling authors and emerging writers to conceive, shape and fine tune their work. I’m also the editor of three anthologies for Shambhala Publications and of the single-issue publication The Mindful Kitchen. I’m author of Awakening My Heart: Essays, Articles, and Interviews on the Buddhist Life (Pottersfield Press) and of the picture books My First Book of Canadian Birds (Nimbus Publishing) and The Day the Buddha Woke Up (Wisdom Publications). My writing—fiction, nonfiction, and poetry—has appeared in a wide range of publications, including The Globe and Mail, The Antigonish Review, Prairie Fire, BirdWatching, Mindful, Saltscapes, The Best Buddhist Writing series, and the Best Women’s Travel Writing series. I have an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of King’s College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Dalhousie.”

GENRES: Long-form fiction, Science fiction, Fantasy fiction; Short-form creative nonfiction, Long-form creative nonfiction, Research-based nonfiction; Young adult fiction

AVAILABILITY: April – December

“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: Short-form creative nonfiction, Long-form creative nonfiction, Memoir, Essays, Research-based nonfiction; Poetry

AVAILABILITY: October – December

Experienced editor (and author) of poetry and creative non-fiction manuscripts & work in progress. 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: Children’s fiction (picture book, chapter book, middle reader)

AVAILABILITY: September – May

“As a manuscript reviewer, I bring over 20 years of editing experience, with a particular fondness for children’s stories. To date, I have 16 children’s books of my own that have been published by Kids Can Press and Groundwood Books, and I have also been published in several children’s magazines.

“I continue to serve as a mentor for The Writers’ Union of Canada and the Canadian Society of Authors, Illustrators and Performers (CANSCAIP). I have taught writing workshops for CANSCAIP, the International Reading Association, MASC Young Authors and Illustrators, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, the WFNS, and the Association of Teachers of English of Nova Scotia, as well as for various literary festivals and children’s literature roundtables across Canada. Lastly, I have served on numerous juries for national as well as regional writing competitions for both adults and children, including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Canadian Children’s Book Center Annual Writing Contest, CANSCAIP’s Annual Writing for Children Contest, the Atlantic Writing Competition offered by the WFNS, and the Dartmouth First Book Award (both fiction and nonfiction).

“My manuscript reviews are a blend of encouragement and honesty in identifying strengths and weaknesses. I will share my interpretation of your manuscript and provide clear criteria that I use to determine my recommendations. Where possible, I will also suggest concrete and specific examples of how you might further distinguish your work from others in your genre.”

GENRES: Long-form fiction, Short-form fiction; Short-form creative nonfiction, Long-form creative nonfiction, Memoir, Research-based nonfiction; Young adult fiction

AVAILABILITY: April – September

“I am an author, journalist, teacher and speaker with 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: Research-based nonfiction, Long-form nonfiction, Short-form nonfiction, Essays; Poetry, Experimental and conceptual writing


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

AVAILABILITY: April – December

“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: Long-form fiction, Short-form fiction, Historical fiction, Fantasy fiction; Short-form creative nonfiction, Long-form creative nonfiction, Memoir, Research-based nonfiction; Early-reader/chapter books, Young adult fiction

AVAILABILITY: April – December

“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: Short-form fiction; Long-form creative nonfiction, Short-form creative nonfiction, Memoir, Travel writing; Poetry

AVAILABILITY: April – December

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).

Manuscript Review Application Form

You must be a WFNS member to participate in the Manuscript Review Program. General membership is open to anyone who writes.
Provide the exact word count of your manuscript.
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Your manuscript must be in DOC or PDF format and should have a file name as follows: Lastname_Firstname_MRP (where "Lastname" is your family name and "Firstname" is your given name).
Ensure the reviewers you select are available and work in your selected form and genre.
E.g., dialogue, setting, or character development. Technical editing (as described on the main Manuscript Review Program page) is not provided.
Provide a minimum of four weeks from the date of your application.
To proceed with a manuscript review, you must agreed to all above terms.

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