So you’re ready to bring pages to a critique group this week? Great! Here’s a few guidelines and reminders to help you get started:
- Critique Content: Manuscripts presented for critique should be commercial fiction, either novel length or short story. We focus on novel-length fiction for the most part. It’s also a good idea to know your genre–you never know when people are going to get tired of asking “what’s your sign?” at your local pub.
- Format: Submissions should be double spaced, and formatted in 12 pt. Courier New, with ONE inch margins all around. And yeah, we can tell if you’re cheating. We’ve all tried that one. If you need help setting up your formatting in Microsoft Word, please see our How-To Page on the subject. (Needs link & page)
– Please paper clip, don’t staple, pages together.
– If you recycle old pages, attach an extra blank page for comments. Some of us have been known to write a corresponding novel to the work we read–just to make sure you feel loved.
- Number of Pages: Unless prior arrangements are made, bring 10 pages or less. Remember, pages 51 through page 61 are actually 11 pages, not 10. Honest. Count ’em yourself, if you don’t believe us.
– Also, we only print on one side of the page. The old, “I thought I was supposed to bring 10-pages front-and-back has been tried as well.
- Exceptions: If your entire chapter is slightly longer and you’d like to read the whole thing–just ask your table-mates. We’ll do our best to accommodate you, but please understand we have to watch the clock so everybody has a turn to read.
- Dog Ate My Homework People: If you’ll be reading LESS than 10 pages, let us know that too. Right around contest deadlines, we expect to see a flurry of 2-6 page synopses. This can be a lot of fun, and we’ll try to group synopsis people together.
- Number of Copies: Generally, tables will have 3-4 readers. Generally, 6 copies is the standard amount. We’ll do our best to notify you if there are changes. Hey, we could all save a tree or two.
– Tuesday night members will be notified by 3 p.m. Tuesday afternoon if LESS than 6 copies are required. Remember, we do have last-minute cancellations, so the numbers are tentative, at best. You can check the Tuesday night page on the website for late-breaking changes.
– Thursday group invitation responders receive an email Wednesday night. This is why it’s important to answer the weekly invitations accurately and definitively. None of this “I left a call-back with my Muse, and if she feels up to it, I’ll bring pages,” please.
- Pencils & Pens Anyone? I know this one is so obvious, but you’d be amazed at the number of people who forget to bring a pen each week. We suspect they are siphoning ink in their spare time to feed to the local octopi at Denver’s Aquarium. We use pens to write comments, make corrections, and jot down thoughts. Please be prepared and bring at least one writing utensil with you each week.