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MANUSCRIPT REVIEW GUIDELINES 2017

Conference attendees may arrange for a one-on-one manuscript review for a fee of $60. The writer will receive a half hour, private conference with a published author/instructor who will have been assigned your piece and give you constructive comments about all aspects of your writing, including plot, style, dialogue, conflict, point of view, etc. You will also receive a written review from your reviewer. 

Also, we continue to encourage poets to participate and receive a thorough review of your work by Meredith Hadaway. 

This opportunity is limited to a first-come basis. 

Manuscripts must be submitted by December 30, 2016 so the reviewers will have ample time to prepare properly. Writers will be contacted by the manuscript reviewer in advance about your time and any other questions you may have.

Reviewers for the 2017 conference: Melanie Rigney, Austin Camacho, Barbara Esstman, Ally Machate, Meredith Hadaway (poetry). New this year is Gail Barrett who is available to review romance or historical romance.

Submission Guidelines

      •   Submissions accepted beginning: October 1, 2016
      •   Deadline for submissions: December 30, 2016 

Please state in your email cover letter what you are writing. Example: Fiction, genre fiction, non-  fiction, memoir, personal essay, or poetry. Please explain in one or two lines if this is the beginning, middle, or end part of your manuscript. For all but poetry, please give a BRIEF description of your story. These things will help your reviewer and must be stated at time of submission.

    •   For fiction, personal essay, or memoir, you may submit no more than 15 pages.
    •   For all poetry submissions, please send 10 pages. 
    •   12 point Times New Roman font
    •   Margins: 1” top bottom, left and right
    •   Double Space
    •   All submissions must be in Word format.
    •   On each page include title of your work, your name, phone number, and e-mail. 
    •   All submissions must be electronic in Word, and come to us as an attachment to an email cover letter. 

This year ESWA reviewers will be taking these genres for review: General and some genre fiction, personal essay/ memoir, poetry. If you have any question about your genre please contact:  Bonnie Feldstein at bfeldst@aol.com 

Payment for Manuscript Review

Cost: $60 per review.  

By check: make check payable to Bay to Ocean Writer’s Conference. Note in memo line:  Manuscript Review. Send payment to: Eastern  Shore Writer’s Association, PO Box 1773, Easton, MD, 21601 

By Credit Card: payment will go through Pay Pal and will be made at the Eastern Shore Writers Association website: www.easternshorewriters.org and then click PayPAL

On EventBrite: When you register for the conference on Eventbrite (from the BTO registration page),  you may also click on the menu available for manuscript review payment and follow the directions. 

Where to Send Your Manuscript

All manuscripts are separate from registration and must be paid for in advance. They must be sent, as an attachment to your cover letter to bfeldst@aol.com

For any other questions contact Manuscript Review Coordinator Bonnie Feldstein at bfeldst@aol.com.

Review spaces are limited, so please submit your manuscript as early as possilble to assure you will have a review at the 2017 conference. 


Don't miss this wonderful, affordable opportunity for a manuscript review.  

Bay to Ocean Writers Conference

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