Manuscript Evaluation Service

"I love helping writers hone their work."

— Evaluator

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 particular questions submitted by the author.

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

Submission Guidelines

  • Submissions must be double-spaced, twelve-point size, easy-to-read font with one-inch margins on white paper and accompanied by payment
  • On a separate sheet of paper include a list of three specific questions you would like the evaluator to address (optional)
  • Complete the Manuscript Evaluation Form and submit with the manuscript
  • Hand-written submissions will not be accepted
  • To have the manuscript returned, please include a self-addressed envelope with sufficient postage

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

Send Manuscripts to

The Writers' Union of Canada
600-460 Richmond Street West
Toronto, ON  M5V 1Y1

Fees

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)

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