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Manuscript Critiques

Manuscript critiques have always been an important part of the Jackson Hole Writers Conference. The total number of three one-on-one critiques is limited to the first 100 people who sign up. You will receive one-on-one feedback about your work from three different faculty members. One of those three faculty members can be an editor OR an agent. If you are submitting a poetry manuscript, you cannot have an editor OR an agent read your manuscript. Please also note that not all faculty do critiques (read below).

The three one-on-one critiques (15 minutes each) are available until May 12. After that date you may be able to get two one-on-one critiques for $75 (no editors or agents). You must register for the conference first before selecting the three one-on-one critiques.

Extended critiques (40 page maximum, one hour) go quickly, so if you are interested, register early. You must first register for the conference and the three, short critiques before selecting the extended critique.

The deadline for receipt of manuscripts is May 12, 2019. If you miss this deadline, you may still reserve two critiques (not with agents or editors) for $75, and you may submit a manuscript no later than June 1. Call or email to discuss late critique options.

If you miss all manuscript critique deadlines, check out the Silent Auction offerings (posted in May), for additional critique opportunities at the conference.

Please read all of the guidelines for manuscript submissions and requests for readers before opting for critiques and before submitting your manuscript. Remember, you must first register for the conference.

Once you send in your manuscript, please note that there is an additional surcharge for re-sending pages or the whole manuscript. The surcharge for revised pages is $25.

EXTENDED CRITIQUES: 40 page maximum. The option for an extended critique for an additional $125 is limited. You must have paid for the conference and for the three one-on-one critiques (only register for one set, total $50) before you can apply for the extended critique. Extended critiques go quickly every year, so early registration is key to obtaining a longer critique. A total of 20 extended critique sessions are available. Editors and agents do not do extended critiques.

We prefer to have manuscripts submitted as Word Document attachments via email, but we do accept paper manuscripts via postal mail. We must receive the manuscript by the cut-off date. It may be difficult to get the manuscript to us on time and to the readers if they do not live in Jackson. See below for details on submission requirements and deadlines. Please read them fully before submitting.

Not ALL of the faculty read manuscripts. If you are hoping to have a particular writer read your manuscript, please sign up early and contact us with your request.

Please read the following guidelines closely before submitting your manuscript. It will make getting the manuscripts to the writer, editor or agent who is critiquing your manuscript much smoother. If the manuscript is longer than required, we will remove the additional pages.

If you send us your manuscript and do not receive a confirmation within 24 hours, contact Tim Sandlin at tim@jacksonholewritersconference.com

PROSE

  • Manuscripts should be no longer than 15 pages (20 pages for screenplays) plus a Title page with author’s name, address, e-mail address if you have one, and a phone number. Please also indicate the genre: fiction, nonfiction, YA, or a play.
  • Typewritten or laser-printed.
  • Double-spaced.
  • No smaller than 12 point.
  • Identified as fiction, nonfiction, young adult, or magazine.

Prose Submission Options

OPTION 1

Send prose as email attachment (we encourage you to use this option).

Submissions must be emailed by May 12, 2020, as a Word doc attachment to: manuscripts@jacksonholewritersconference.com.

You will receive confirmation that it arrived and we were able to open the attachment. If you don’t receive confirmation within one week there may have been a problem with delivery. If you don’t hear from us within one week, please email:  jhwritersconf@gmail.com , or call 307-413-3332.

OPTION 2

Send your manuscript by mail (U.S. Post only).

Three copies of the same manuscript must be received by May 12, 2020.

Evaluations – Prose
Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Box 1974
Jackson, WY 83001

You will be sent a post card or email confirmation when we receive the manuscript. If you don’t get the post card (or e-mail) within two weeks, email jhwritersconf@gmail.com or call 307-413-3332.

Poetry

  • Five poems, no longer than 10 pages plus a Title page with author’s name, address, e-mail address and phone number.
  • Typewritten or laser printed.
  • Single-spaced.
  • No smaller than 12 point.
  • Identified as Poetry.
  • Send ALL poems as one document.

Poetry Submission Options

OPTION 1

Send prose as email attachment (we encourage you to use this option).

Submissions must be emailed by May 12, 2020, as a Word doc attachment to: manuscripts@jacksonholewritersconference.com.

You will receive confirmation that it arrived and we were able to open the attachment. If you don’t receive confirmation within one week there may have been a problem with delivery. If you don’t hear from us within one week, please email: jhwritersconf@gmail.com, or call 307-413-3332.

OPTION 2

Send your manuscript by mail (U.S. Post only).

Three copies of the same manuscript must be received by May 12, 2020:

Evaluations – Poetry
Jackson Hole Writers Conference
Box 1974
Jackson, WY 83001

You will be sent a post card or email confirmation when we receive the manuscript. If you don’t get the post card (or e-mail) within two weeks, email: jhwritersconf@gmail.com, or call 307-413-3332

Should you decide later, after the manuscript deadline of May 12, that you would like a regular critique, this can be arranged by calling or writing by May 30, 2020. We charge an additional $25 late fee ($75 total) for manuscripts and the registrant will receive two critiques instead of three. You are not eligible to have an editor or agent read the manuscripts as these slots are quickly filled and are limited. These late manuscripts are limited to a very few. And if our quota of 100 critiques has been reached, this option will NOT be available.

For answers to manuscript-related questions, email: jhwritersconf@gmail.com or call 307-413-3332

Optional Extended Manuscript Evaluations:

The following guidelines need to be used for the extended critiques.

In addition to the 15-page basic evaluations for $50, you may also submit a longer prose manuscript of up to 40 pages for an additional $125. This fee includes a one-hour, one-on-one discussion of your manuscript with a resident faculty member (please review under Tracks). You may submit a request for a specific reviewer, but please be aware that NOT all faculty, guest or residents, do the extended critiques. Email us via Contact to determine if your favored reviewer is available for this service.

Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by May 12, 2020.

Poetry

Twelve poems no longer than twenty pages.

See the basic manuscript directions for U.S. post or e-mailing your manuscript.

Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by May 12, 2020.