Manuscript Evaluation Service

"I love helping writers hone their work."

— Author Margaret Webb

Are you writing a book? Get a professional evaluation of your work through our Manuscript Evaluation Service.

The Writers' Union of Canada offers a Manuscript Evaluation Service using the talents of our members, all of whom are professional authors. The service provides writers with advice on their manuscripts. Detailed evaluations include:

  1. Comments on the content, including but not necessarily limited to characterization, dialogue, setting, believability, and research;
     
  2. Comments on the writing technique, including but not necessarily limited to technical ability and style;
     
  3. Steps to take to develop the manuscript; and
     
  4. Responses to three specific questions submitted by the author.

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be double-spaced, twelve-point size, easy-to-read font with one-inch margins on white pages.
  • On a separate sheet of paper, include a list of three specific questions you would like the evaluator to address (optional).
  • Hand-written submissions will not be accepted.
  • If you are submitting by mail and wish to have the manuscript returned, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage.

Fees

Fiction and Nonfiction

Up to ten-page submission: $125 + HST = $141.25
Full manuscript: $125 for first 10 pages + $2 a page thereafter + HST (e.g. fee for 200 pages: $125 + 190 x $2 = $505 + HST = $570.65)

Poetry

Up to 10 pages $125 + HST = $141.25 
Maximum 10 poems. For each additional poem above 10, add $10 per poem.

Submit Your Manuscript

Submissions are accepted online and by mail. Please complete the appropriate submission form.

Manuscript evaluations take five to eight weeks, depending upon the length of the submission. 

Please note: This service is anonymous; the evaluator will not see the name of the writer, nor will the writer receive the name of the evaluator. Please do not include your name on the manuscript. The Manuscript Evaluation Service is not an editing service; your manuscript may be returned to you containing no additional editorial comments/corrections. The Union wishes to emphasize that use of its Manuscript Evaluation Service will not guarantee publication. 

For further information, please contact info@writersunion.ca.