About Our Feedback and Critique Options
In fiction we offer a full critique from an experienced reader. We vet our readers carefully, and have chosen those who are gifted at and enthusiastic about the critique process. You will receive an editorial letter that details your submission’s strengths and weaknesses.
If your story is:
- 1 –1,499 words, the price for a full critique is $50.
- 1,500 – 4,999 words, the price for a full critique is $60.
- 5,000 – 6,000 words, the price for a full critique is $70.
For all critique levels, should your story be accepted, you will be refunded, minus the standard submission fee.
No repeat submissions, please.
Here’s what submitters who chose the full critique had to say:
- “Your comments inspired me to roll my sleeves back up and get to work. I didn’t realize this until now, but on some level I’ve been worrying about the very thing you pointed out.” – David Cameron
- “Thank you for this incredibly helpful review of my work. You have helped me see how to pare down the content and pursue the central theme.” – Leia Menlove
- “Thank you so much for your comprehensive and thoughtful critique of my story. You've given me much to think about. I appreciate your directness and candor and am eager to take on the challenges you've laid out.” – Barbara Shomaker
Comparable critiques from independent editors can cost over $100.
As part of our commitment to a healthy literary community, we are strong believers in helping to make your work better, but we ask you to remember that editing is a highly subjective process.
To participate in our feedback options, please select the appropriate categories when submitting. As always, if using Submittable poses an accessibility challenge, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com to arrange for a suitable alternative.
Meet Your Critiquers
Bernard Grant's stories and essays have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, New Delta Review, The South Carolina Review, among others, and they have received fellowships from Vermont Studio Center, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Mineral School, and The University of Cincinnati where they are a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing.
Stefen Styrsky's stories have appeared in The Offing, Amazon's Day One, Orca Magazine, Switchblade, Tough, and Best Gay Stories 2017. He earned his MA in Fiction Writing from the Johns Hopkins University. He lives in Washington, DC.
Isaac Yuen's stories and essays have appeared in Newfound, Orca, Orion, Shenandoah, Tin House, and elsewhere. He was a 2019 nature writer-in-residence at the Jan Michalski Foundation in Switzerland.