Critique Submission Guidelines

Submissions:

  • Due approximately 10 days prior to scheduled Critique Group meeting. Due date to be announced two weeks prior to due date.
  • Submission should begin with the author’s name, genre’, word count, and short description of the the story if your submission is part of a larger work.
    ie
    John White
    Non-fiction – short devotional
    350 words
  • Email Critique Submission to ccwf@ccwritersfellowship.org Please put the words “Critique Submission” in the subject of the email.

Documents not submitted ahead of time via email will be placed at the bottom of the critique stack to be reviewed if time allows during the scheduled meeting.

Format:

  • MSWord compatible format; Ariel, Times New Roman, or Calibri, 12 font size, double spaced, pages numbered
  • Up to 1000 words
  • Articles, poetry, devotionals, chapters, etc.


Critique Procedure:

Prior to the meeting:

  • All submissions due on the announced due date.
  • Copies of submissions will be distributed via email to all who submit – each participant expected to critique up to five submissions, according the number of submissions. 5 or less submissions, every participant critiques each submission; in excess of 5 submissions, critique assignments so each participant will only have 5 critiques
  • Use MS Word Track Changes to record critique comments and corrections within the document.
  • Briefly answer Critique questions on the Critique Checklist which will be emailed to you along with the submissions you are to critique.
    RE: Standards for Critique, Critique Questions for Fiction;  Critique Questions for Non-Fiction, Critique Questions for Children’s Picture Book, Critique Questions for Poetry
  • Prepare a track changes document and a Critique Checklist for each submission you critique.
  • In person meetings: Bring printed track changes copy of critiqued submission + completed Critique Checklist.
    Online meetings: Prepare the required documents to be sent to each writer you critiqued after the meeting.

At the Critique Meeting:

Online meetings: For Zoom meetings we will determine our sharing strategy based on the number of submissions regarding our division into groups. TBD

In person meetings:

  • Critique groups will be formed with up to 5 participants.
  • Groups will have a leader, who will direct the group “round robin style,” one document at a time. Each critique participant (those who submitted documents for critique) will share their observations. Focus comments per Standards for Critique and the genre’ question guides (above).
  • Discussion regarding critique comments should focus on clarity of critique, not defense of writing.

It is not necessary to submit a document for critique to participate in the discussion.