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. 

Critique Prerequisites, Directions, and Mandatory Fees for Submission

1.  Membership and Membership Fees:

Critiquing privileges are afforded solely to current OCWW members. Prior to submitting a manuscript for critique, the OCWW member must be current with membership fees for the current scheduling year.

2. Typically you will email your manuscripts  to: 

Susan Levi (2012susanlevi@gmail.com)

But for Fred Shafer only:

Manuscripts for September 7 must be  sent to his home and received no later than Saturday, September 2. Contact Susan Levi 2012susanlevi@gmail.com for details. After that date, writers may bring their submissions to any of the first three meetings at the Winnetka Community House and hand them in to Susan Levi.  Fred will not accept manuscripts at the final meeting. You will enclose a check made out to Fred Shafer with the manuscript. The fee is $3.00 per page.  There is a 20 page limit and a $15 dollar minimum. You must pay the $10 dollar session fee to OCWW. Manuscripts should be double spaced, Times New Roman 12 point font with one inch margins, pages numbered, and name on the front or in the header.  

For all other Speakers, unless otherwise indicated. Manuscripts should be sent as an attachment to email sent to Susan Levi 2012susanlevi@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:

  • 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 Susan Levi 2012susanlevi@gmail.com if you haven't received your invoice. 
Upcoming Critique Opportunities for OCWW Members
(please see each speaker's event page for more info)

Fred Shafer (see above instructions)

Lori Rader-Day submit and pay by September 21

Christine Sneed submit and pay by October 12

Rebecca Johns submit and pay by October 20

Kelly McKnees (taking 5 pages for $15. Your submission may be discussed at session.) submit/pay by November 2

Zoe Zolbrod submit and pay by November 16

Eric Rampson submit and pay by November 23

Golda Goldbloom submit and pay by November 30

Jenn Solheim submit and pay by January 11

Natasha Tarpley submit and pay by January 18

Nadine Kenney Johnstone submit and pay by February 15

Matt Bird submit and pay by March 1

Abby Geni submit and pay by March 15

Amy Hassinger submit and pay by March 22

Abby Saul submit and pay for 1 page single spaced Query Letter by April 12 Fee is $15.

Tina Schwartz submit and pay for 1 page single spaced Query Letter by April 12 Fee is $15.
Tina will also accept the first ten pages of your manuscript by April 12.

Jac Jemc submit and pay by April 19

Sarah T. Rosenblum submit and pay by April 26

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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