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Don’t be grumpy like a gargoyle because you missed out! Our third Silent Auction features some amazing opportunities to have your work critiqued in more detail, and to benefit from the best in their fields. And that’s saying a lot considering how successful the earlier ones have been. We are grateful for the faculty who donate their time to this–for us and for our participants.

 The following guest and resident faculty have agreed to do critiques:

Jamie Ford: 30 page fiction manuscript, electronic submission only, track changes AND Skype conversation or telephone call. Deadline for completion: Dec. 31, 2017.


Alyson Hagy: 50 page fiction (short stories or novel excerpt). Digital File (or other arrangements to be made). Written comments in margins and at end of mss. Deadline for completion: Dec. 31, 2017.


Bill Konigsberg: 25 page YA mss. Track changes and a page of comments. Deadline for submission: Dec. 31, 2017.


Kerri Webster: poetry mss critique.


Richard Bloom: 30 pages literary fiction, thriller, memoir or horror manuscript. Deadline and submission by arrangement.


Chris Fischbach: 40 pages of a fiction manuscript, one-page query letter, and one-page synopsis. Chris will offer a critique of the cover letter and synopsis from an editor and publisher’s point of view, along with a phone conversation with the author regarding the sample. He will come to the conversation with questions and advice for the author, offer comments, and expects to answer questions that the author might have for him. Deadline for submission: Dec. 31, 2017, though he suggests this be completed earlier than that.


Peggy Eddleman: 50 page mss critique for middle grade or YA manuscript; along with a query letter (optional). Notes via electronic copy, with 20 minute Skype or phone call discussion. Completion by Peggy six to eight weeks after received. Deadline to submit: June 22, 2018.


Kate Dublinski: mss critique.


Marni Jackson: 30 page manuscript, via email of electronic file. Track changes, editorial critique via email. Deadline for completion: Dec. 31, 2017.


Matteo Pistono: Nonfiction book proposal consult, OR memoir/biography critique. Details to follow.


Julie Kardon: 50 page fiction or narrative nonfiction mss. Submitted electronically. Returned with track changes. Deadline for completing: Dec. 31, 2017


Tim Sandlin: 50 pg fiction mss. No deadline. Hard copy only.


Rachel Crawford: 40 page manuscript, plus query letter and synopsis. Electronic submission in doc format, double spaced. Will track changes. Deadline for completing: Dec. 31, 2017.


Nanci Turner Steveson: 30 page middle grade or YA mss. Critique, plus 1 hour Skype visit with school of your choice. Deadline for submission: Dec. 31, 2017.


Matt Daly: Up to 15 poems; written comments or Skype review. Advice on pairing poems for submissions; advice on process. Deadline for completion: Dec. 31, 2017.


Mark Hummel: 30 page fiction, nonfiction or poetry mss. Deadline for submission: Dec. 31, 2017.


Debby Atkinson: 40 page crime manuscript critique. Deadline by arrangement.


Susan Marsh: 40 page Fiction or nonfiction mss. Written feedback. Deadline for completion: Dec. 31, 2017.


Catherine McKenzie: 30 page mss in any genre (not poetry). Deadline for receipt of manuscript: Dec. 24, 2017.


Susan Scarlata: 30 page poetry manuscript. Electronic submission, track changes. Deadline by arrangement.


Amy Kathleen Ryan: 25 page (or 6250 words) YA mss. Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017.


Kyle Mills: 30 page fiction (thriller/adventure/mystery) mss critique. Electronic submission in MS Word format. Critique will include mark up and a phone conversation (or in person in Jackson). Deadline for submission: Dec. 31, 2017.


Kevin Grange: 50 pages nonfiction book proposal (query letter, synopsis, sales statement, sample chapter, table of contents, bio); 12 point, double spaced. Deadline for completion: Dec. 31, 2017.


Patti Sherlock: 30 page mss, fiction or nonfiction.