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One-on-One Manuscript Excerpt Reviews

One-on-One Manuscript Excerpt Critiques will take place throughout the day during the conference on Friday, September 20 & Saturday, September 21 at the BP Energy + Conference Center. These reviews work best for complete and polished manuscripts; for authors seeking an industry professional's review on their craft, style, plot, and pacing; and for those wishing to have a larger portion of their manuscript reviewed.

1) How it works:
    • Check the "Optional One-on-One Manuscript Excerpt Review" selection on your conference registration.
    • Pricing for Manuscript Excerpt Reviews starts at $65 for members of AWG / 49 Writers / SCBWI, or $85 for Non-Members.
    • Conference faculty will review up to 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, in addition to a one-page optional synopsis or query letter. 
    • Your assigned faculty member will review the manuscript excerpt prior to their arrival, then meet privately with you in a one-on-one setting during the conference to discuss and analyze your work for fifteen (15) minutes.
    • Up to three (3) manuscript excerpts per attendee will be accepted.
    • All manuscript review material must be submitted no later than midnight on SATURDAY, AUGUST 10.
2)  Prepare your manuscript excerpt for submission:
    • All manuscript excerpts and query letters/synopses should be in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.
    • Submit no more than ten (10) double-spaced pages of your manuscript
    • In addition to your manuscript excerpt, you have the option to include a one-page, single-spaced synopsis or query letter (please ensure it is included within the same document as your manuscript pages).
    • Include your name, title, and page numbers on all pages of your manuscript, with your full contact information on the first page.
    • Send all material for each manuscript submission as a SINGLE .doc or .docx document (for example, if you are sending a query letter along with your manuscript excerpt, both need to be in the same document). 
    • 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
    • Please note that no text from the body of your email will be sent to the critiquing faculty, only your document.

3) Submit your manuscript excerpt

    • Send all submissions as an email attachment to AlaskaWritersGuild.AWG@Gmail.com no later than midnight Friday, August 10. Submissions received after August 10 will not be sent to faculty for critique, and your fee(s) will not be refunded. 
    • In the subject line of your email, type “Conference Manuscript Review.”
    • In the body of the e-mail, clearly type your full 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).
    • Indicate the type of writing and age group for the submission, such as nonfiction short story, young adult science fiction novel, picture book, etc.
    • List your first and second choice of faculty reviewer for each manuscript submission. We cannot guarantee faculty critique assignments.

2019 Critiquing Faculty Include

    • Rachel Orr, Literary Agent
    • Katie Grimm, Literary Agent
    • Kat Brzozowski, Editor
    • Eddie Gamarra, Film Agent
    • Kat Shepherd, Author
    • Laurie Halse-Anderson, Author

Optional Friday Roundtable Critiques

Roundtable Critiques will take place on Friday, September 20 from 12:30 - 2:30pm at the BP Energy + Conference Center. These reviews work well for manuscripts that are works-in-progress, an idea or writing style you're looking for professional feedback on, or for attendees who register for the conference after the One-on-One Manuscript critique deadline has passed, but still wish to receive feedback on their project(s).

How it Works:

    • Check the "Optional Friday Roundtable Critique" selection on your conference registration, and choose which conference faculty you'd wish to have review your work based on the genre and age group of your writing.
    • Pricing: Roundtable Critiques start at $45 for members of AWG / RWA / SCBWI, or $65 for Non-Members.
    • Come prepared on Friday with ten (10) copies of the first 500 words / approximately one and a half (1.5) pages double-spaced, 12 point font  of the writing you would like to have reviewed.
    • Each attendee will have fifteen (15) minutes to read their work aloud and have it reviewed by their table's faculty reviewer. If the faculty member has finished their review before the fifteen minutes is over, they may open it up for other attendees to add their own insight on the excerpt.
    • No printing is available at the BP Conference Center - please print your pages ahead of time.
    • Cost: $45 per person, or included with New Friday Passport Option

    2019 Roundtable Faculty Include

    • Rachel Orr, Literary Agent
    • Katie Grimm, Literary Agent
    • Kat Brzozowski, Editor
    • Eddie Gamarra, Film Agent

    Additional faculty may be added with demand.


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



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