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*Please note: you must sign up for the conference in order to register for a manuscript review opportunity


2021 Critiquing Faculty:

Additional faculty may be added with demand

First Pages Roundtable Reviews (in person attendees only)

First Pages Roundtable Reviews will take place on Friday, October 1 from 12:30pm - 2:30pm at the BP Energy Center. 

How it works:

  • Check the "First Pages Manuscript Review" selection on your conference registration.
  • Pricing for Manuscript Excerpt Reviews starts at $40 for members of AWG / RWA / SCBWI, or $50 for Non-Members.
  • Attendees should bring ten (10) copies of the first 500 words of their project with them to the conference. The author will read their first pages aloud, then the faculty will have ten minutes to discuss the work before they open up discussion to other roundtable attendees. 
  • Please format your first pages with 12 point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, double spaced with your contact information on the first page.
  • First pages reviews work best for projects you're just starting on, gauging interest in, or testing out opening scenes.

Written or One-on-One 10 Page Manuscript Reviews (virtual or in-person attendees)

Critiques of up to the first ten pages of a manuscript will be offered by a selection of our conference faculty. These reviews will be written for virtual conference attendees, or discussed in 15-minute one-on-one sessions during the conference for in-person attendees. Ten page reviews work best for complete and polished manuscripts or for authors seeking an industry professional's review on their project's opening, style, plot, and pacing.

How it works:
  • Check the "Optional Manuscript Review" selection on your conference registration.
  • Pricing for Manuscript Excerpt Reviews starts at $55 for members of AWG / RWA / SCBWI, or $65 for Non-Members.
  • Conference faculty will review up to 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript plus a required one-page synopsis or query letter for a total submission of 11 pages including required synopsis or query.
  • Up to three (3) manuscript excerpts per attendee will be accepted. These may all be registered with one faculty member, with three faculty members, or a combination of the above.
  • All manuscript review material must be submitted no later than midnight on Friday, August 20, 2021.
    Preparing your manuscript excerpt for submission:
    • First page: a one-page, single-spaced synopsis or query letter, which includes your name and contact information. This is REQUIRED.  
    • Subsequent pages: up to the first ten pages of your manuscript. Manuscript text should be formatted with 12 point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and double spaced. The first and subsequent pages should be saved as ONE file. Include your name, the project's title, and page number at the top of all manuscript pages.
    • Picture book illustrators: may submit up to ten pages of a picture book dummy or a picture book text with sample illustrations
    • Graphic Novels: For writers only, please submit the first chapter of the script. For Illustrators/authors, please submit the first ten pages (the sample pages). Both should be accompanied by a full synopsis of the story.  
    • Name your file as a combination of your name and the name of the submission. For instance, a submission entitled Glass Houses by John Throwstones would be named: Throwstones, Glass Houses.docx
    • Send all material for each manuscript submission as a SINGLE .doc or .docx document (REMEMBER: both your query or synopsis and manuscript text must be in the same document). NO PDFs ACCEPTED unless submitting a picture book or graphic novel dummy.
    • Send all submissions as an email attachment  no later than midnight. In the subject line of your email, type “Conference Manuscript Review Submission.” In the body of the e-mail, clearly type your name as you used for your conference registration (please don't use your pseudonym, unless it is the same name you used for your conference registration) and note which faculty you registered with for your critique. If you register for multiple critiques, please denote which manuscript should be sent to which faculty. Please note that NO text from your email will be sent to the faculty, only your attached document(s).
    • Send your submissions by midnight on Friday, August 20 to: AlaskaWritersGuild.AWG@Gmail.com
    • Submissions received after this deadline will not be sent to faculty for critique, and your fee(s) will not be refunded. 


    Questions? Click HERE to email this year's Conference Chair



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