Critique Sessions

We are excited to announce that we will be holding a monthly afternoon critique session.

If you are currently working on a story (or currently working on thinking about working on a story), we’d like to provide you with a deadline and an opportunity for feedback. Excited? Us too!

Critique Schedule

May 19, 7 p.m. Submission Deadline: May 12.

How It Works:

  1. Submit your completed story, work in progress, or concept by the submission deadline. 
  2. Read and review the stories of your fellow submitting authors during the week before the critique (we’ll send a link with the stories).
  3. We’ll spend about 30 minutes on each story–20 minutes in discussion among the audience; 10 minutes for the author to ask questions of the audience.
  4. Our goal is to support authors by providing constructive comments and questions about the work we are critiquing. Be honest, be respectful, have fun.

Interested In Participating?

Submission guidelines

  • Stories should be at least 1,000 words, but no longer than 8,000 words, take it as an estimate–we trust your judgement on this.
  • Excluding excessively graphic or explicit content, we don’t have any specific content guidelines/restrictions.
  • We accept stories on a first come, first served basis.
  • Once a session is filled, surplus submissions will be given priority for the next available session.
  • Stories should be polished and free of excessive grammar issues. If a story has too many mechanical issues we will request that you polish your story and resubmit the work for the next critique session.

During the Critique Session

Critiques are small and consist of about three to four submitting authors and the Nettlesome editing staff.

The success of the critique session depends on your engagement. During the critique we encourage you to actively engage in the discussion, bring up questions, respond to comments, and have a good time.

Authors come from varied backgrounds and experiences, and it is likely that their tastes and interests may differ from yours. If you are unsure about what to say about a story, prepare yourself by taking notes beforehand. If there are aspects of a story that confuse you ask questions during the discussion. Critiques sessions are a chance to give insight as well as an opportunity to learn from the skill and experience of other writers.

Submit stories here.

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