OCWW Manuscript Guidelines

One of the outstanding benefits to being an OCWW member is the opportunity to have your work critiqued by some of our highly qualified speakers. To check if a speaker is accepting manuscripts please scroll down to the list below. 

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Manuscript Critique Info and Deadlines 2018-2019

Manuscript Critiques are for 2018-2019 OCWW members only

For Fred Shafer Only

Fred will write comments on fiction manuscripts in all genres, for readers of all ages.  Hard Copy Manuscripts up to 20 pages, double spaced, Times New Roman font may be sent to his home, at 2128 Lincolnwood Drive, Evanston 60201. Allow time for mail delivery. Manuscripts and a check for $3.00 per page must be received by Friday, August 31.  After that date, writers can bring their submissions and checks to the first three meetings (September 6, 13, 20) at the Winnetka Community House.  He will not accept manuscripts at the final meeting. You must pay the 10 dollar session fee or the 4 pack.  

For all Speakers, unless otherwise indicated. Manuscripts should be sent as an attachment to email: ocww.info@gmail.com Manuscripts should be in Word, double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font with one inch margins, pages numbered, and name on the front or in the header.  They should be received and paid for no later than 2 weeks before the workshop. 

  PLEASE NOTE: Different speakers may have additional requirements or guidelines for manuscript submission. See the event description below for complete details.

3.  Mandatory $10 Speaker Session Fees:

In addition to the manuscript fee, a single $10 session fee is required to submit a manuscript for an OCWW speaker’s critique. This $10 fee pays for the attendance of the session; this fee is due even if the member does not attend the speaker’s session.

4.  Speaker’s Critique Fee:

 $3 per page, with a 20 page maximum. *Please note there is a $15 (5 page) minimum*

5.  How to Pay for Your Critique:

ยท       Once your manuscript is received, you will be sent an invoice to allow for quick and easy online payment. Manuscripts cannot be passed onto the speaker without advance payment. Payment must be received at least two weeks before the workshop. Please plan ahead if you prefer to bring cash or check payable to OCWW to a meeting, or mail to OCWW, c/o Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, IL  60093. Please contact ocww.info@gmail.com if you haven't received your invoice. 

Speakers and Deadlines:

Goldie Goldbloom October 25

Emily Tedrowe November 29

(will accept only the first 5 manuscripts)

Nadine Kenney Johnstone January 17

Abby Saul (query letter $15) March 7

Tina Schwartz (first 5 pages) March 7

Eric Rampson March 14

Jennifer Solheim April 11

Matthew Bird May 9

OCWW Manuscript Non-disclosure Policy:

OCWW does not disclose manuscripts submitted by its Members for critique by any OCWW workshop instructor/presenters to any source other than the instructor/presenter to whom the manuscript has been directed at the request of our OCWW Member. The organization serves only as the convenience conduit for transmittal of the manuscript to the person chosen by the author to perform the critique, nothing more. It is at the sole discretion of the manuscript writer as to whether they wish their name to be disclosed in any open forum reading or critique of the manuscript at any OCWW workshop. All instructions in that regard are between the author and the person designated to perform the manuscript critique.



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