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Manuscript Evaluation Service

Applications accepted on a rolling basis – Apply now!

Do you have a manuscript – or a short story, or novel, novella, memoir, article, collection of poems, – that has undergone numerous re-writes and edits, to the point that the words are blurring and burning into your retinas? Maybe you need a second set of eyes.

Now imagine that second set of eyes attached to the brilliant mind of an experienced, established writer willing to assess your work.

This is precisely why the Writer’s Alliance Manuscript Evaluation Service exists: to pair writers with skilled writers and editors in a process that works to bring the best out of an evolving manuscript. The Manuscript Evaluation Service is designed for writers of all levels, and holds particular value 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 $100.00 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 $150.00 per manuscript.

For example, the total cost for a 200-page manuscript is $100 + (190 x $1.50) = $385.00.
WANL covers 50% of the cost up to $150.00, making the member’s cost $235.00.

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. Applications are accepted year-round.
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. This service also does not include editing services.
Those seeking editing services can visit WANL’s Writers For Hire page.

Please ensure your submission is formatted in a 12-point font, with regular margins, double-spaced.

To apply, submit an application form (below) and your manuscript to or, by posted mail, to:

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

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


The Writer’s Alliance is constantly diversifying and adding to its pool of qualified evaluators and is currently 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

Interested in becoming an Evaluator? Here’s what you need to know:

– Evaluators must be WANL members
– Evaluators will be paid $150 for their work
– Please contact if you would like to be listed on the Writers For Hire page on

For more information, please contact or call 709-739-5215.

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