Manuscript Evaluation

2017 Manuscript Evaluation Service – Call for Submissions

Do you have a short story–or novel, novella, memoir, article, collection of poems–you feel has promise, but just can’t seem to get accepted for publication? Or a manuscript that has undergone numerous re-writes and is now at the point where you’d like to have an experienced, established writer assess it?

The WANL Manuscript Evaluation Service may be of help.

This program is designed for writers at all levels who are interested in having their manuscript evaluated by a qualified writer and who are willing to hear constructive criticism. It can be particularly valuable for writers living in rural areas where access to workshops and other literary opportunities are limited.

The Writers’ Alliance is pleased to be able to offer this service at a reasonable rate to members.

We match manuscripts with qualified evaluators, who are paid $100 for the first 10 pages plus $1.50 per page thereafter.

The Writers’ Alliance will contribute 50% of the cost of the manuscript evaluation for up to $200 per manuscript.

For example, the total cost for a 200-page manuscript is $100 + (190 x $1.50) = $385.

WANL covers 50% of the cost, making the member’s cost $192.50.

The Manuscript Evaluation Service includes:

  • Comments on content: characterization, dialogue, setting, structure, believability, research
  • Comments on writing technique: technical ability, style, voice, etc
  • Steps to take to develop the manuscript
  • Responses to three questions submitted by the author

This service is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, exclusively for members of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.

All genres, and manuscripts of any length from a short story to a full-length novel, are welcome.

Please note that participation in this program does not guarantee publication. Hand-written manuscripts will not be accepted.

Please complete the following application form to be included with your submissions:
Manuscript Evaluation Application

Please submit to:

Manuscript Evaluators Service
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
202-223 Duckworth Street, Haymarket Square
St. John’s, NL A1C 6N1

Or submit by e-mail* to: director@wanl.ca
*only PDFs will be accepted via email

WANL gratefully acknowledges the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation – CEDP; and the City of St. John’s for their support of WANL’s essential programs and services for writers and the literary sector.


2017 Call for Manuscript Evaluators 

The Writers’ Alliance is pleased to announce it will again be offering a Manuscript Evaluation Service to members. The program is designed for writers at all levels who are interested in having their manuscript evaluated by a professional, established writer. All genres of writing, and manuscripts of any length, are welcome. The service is available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Alliance is updating its pool of qualified evaluators and is seeking applications from interested individuals.  Evaluators are expected to provide specific comments on content, writing technique, steps to take to develop the manuscript, and responses to three questions submitted by the author. Applicants must be members of the Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Preference will be given to those individuals with the following:

  • experience with professional editing and manuscript evaluation
  • experience with adjudicating writing competitions and contests
  • book and/or magazine publications
  • review publications

Please submit a CV, including those genres you are interested in evaluating, to:

Manuscript Evaluators Service
Writers’ Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador
202-223 Duckworth Street, Haymarket Square
St. John’s, NL A1C 6N1

Or submit by e-mail to: director@wanl.ca

WANL gratefully acknowledges the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador, Department of Business, Innovation, Tourism, Culture, and Rural Development; and the City of St. John’s for their support of WANL’s essential programs and services for writers and the literary sector.