The Manuscript Review Program is one of the benefits of SDWEG membership. Members of the Guild may submit up to 30 pages of their fiction, nonfiction, or memoir for evaluation by the Guild's Manuscript Review Committee (MRC), consisting of a Coordinator and a selected panel of three (3) Reviewers.
The Author’s identity is never known by the Reviewers, and the Reviewers’ identities are never known by the Author. In the event a Reviewer has prior knowledge of the Work submitted, that Work will be assigned to a different Reviewer. The fee is $20.
The Reviewers will first critique a three-page (3-page) Preview submission. Upon its acceptance based on merit, the Author will be asked to submit the balance of the Work, up to a Maximum of thirty (30) pages. The Reviewers will then critique the Work, annotate as they wish, and complete an appropriate Evaluation Form (linked below). Aggregation of these evaluations will yield one of the following RATINGS:
This RATING may be used by the author when contacting agents, editors, publishers, or for other promotion.
Manuscript Review Timeline
From receipt of Manuscript Preview Submission Form and fee, or electronic document, whichever occurs last, to results of preview up to ten days.
From receipt of the 30-page manuscript file to results up to three weeks.
If you have any questions, please contact MRC Coordinator, Bob Doublebower, at (760) 505‑6440 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To submit your manuscript, download the Manuscript Preview Submission Form or request it by mail or e-mail, and follow the instructions below.
NOTE: All submissions are now preferred in MS Word format. Should this not be practical, (1) paper copy of 3-pg and 30-pg submissions may still be made. Instructions on how to format your submission can be downloaded here.