The WFNS Manuscript Review Program is designed for WFNS members at all stages in their careers to have their poetry or prose read and reviewed by a professional writer or professional editor. Manuscripts at various stages of development are accepted. Reviewers will provide opinions on manuscripts submitted and will offer advice for future steps in the writing process. Since its introduction in 2016, this service has helped writers identify strengths and weaknesses in specific works and in their writing in general.

Program Fees | How to Apply | What to Expect | What not to Expect

Program Fees

All pages submitted for review must be double-spaced and in Times New Roman or Arial 12-point font.

  • Flat rate of $100 for the first 10 pages (or fewer)
  • Per-page rate of $1.50 for each page thereafter

For example, the fee for a review of a 200-page manuscript would be $385: $100 for first 10 pages + $285 for the remaining 190 pages (i.e., $1.50 x 190 pages).

An additional $5 administration fee will be charged for any changes to the agreement between writer and reviewer (i.e., any reduction or increase in the number of pages to be reviewed).

How to Apply

Any writer seeking a manuscript review is required to submit an online application detailing the following:

  • genre (poetry, short fiction, etc.) and total page length of project;
  • number of pages from the project to be reviewed;
  • requested timeline for the reviewer to return the manuscript;
    • The minimum turnaround time for a 10-page manuscript is three (3) weeks, measured from the date the reviewer recieves the manuscript to the date is it returned to the writer. Timelines for longer manuscripts will ultimately be determined by the reviewer in consultation with the writer. 
  • any specific areas the writer would like the reviewer to focus on;
  • and a list of three (3) potential reviewers, selected from our Manuscript Reviewer profiles.

It is the responsibility of writers to ensure their manuscripts are polished and edited to the best of their ability prior to submission.

What to Expect

During the application and review process, all exchanges among WFNS staff, reviewers, and writers will be conducted digitally. If you wish to work in print, you may do so, but the WFNS cannot ship or handle printed manuscripts.

1. Once a manuscript has been approved for review, the WFNS will match the writer with a reviewer and confirm that reviewer's availability.

2. Once a match has been made between writer and reviewer, the WFNS will collect payment for the manuscript review service. Payment will be collected before work begins. If a writer wishes to have additional pages reviewed after a reviewer/writer match has been made, that writer must first inform the WFNS office so that the agreement can be reviewed and additional payment collected before the additional pages are submitted to the reviewer.   

3. Reviewer feedback will be returned in the form of several pages of written notes — a minimum of 2 double-spaced pages for a review of 10 manuscript pages, with any additional pages of feedback to depend on the size of the manuscript and to be determined by the reviewer. Expect comments on dialogue, setting, and characterization as well as technique, craft, and technical ability. Additional feedback may take the form of suggesting what the writer might wish to do next with the manuscript or providing a list of potential publishers or journals. The reviewer is not required to offer writing career advice but may do so if the reviewer chooses.

The review process is not anonymous, but a reviewer is not obligated to answer any questions outside of the terms of the manuscript review agreement. Any repeated or unwanted contact or harassment of a reviewer at any point during the manuscript review process (either during the review period or after receipt of the comments) will result in termination of the agreement with no refund. If disputes arise between the writer and reviewer at any point while engaged in the manuscript review service, WFNS will mediate and handle any necessary refunds.

What not to Expect

The Manuscript Review Program is not an editing service. As such, writers should not expect line-by-line criticism, comments on sentence structure, flow, grammar, or spelling, or any of the following services:

  • Developmental / Project Editing: Co-ordinating and editing a project from proposal or rough manuscript to final manuscript, incorporating input from authors, consultants and reviewers. May include budgeting, hiring, design supervision and project co-ordination.
  • Substantive or Structural Editing: Clarifying and/or reorganizing a manuscript for content and structure. Changes may be suggested to or drafted for the author. May include negotiating changes with author.
  • Stylistic Editing: Clarifying meaning, eliminating jargon, smoothing language and other non-mechanical line-by-line editing. May include checking or correcting reading level; creating or recasting tables and/or figures; negotiating changes with author.
  • Rewriting: Creating a new manuscript or parts of a manuscript on the basis of content and research supplied by an author. May include some research and writing of original material.
  • Copy Editing: Editing for grammar, spelling, punctuation and other mechanics of style; checking for consistency of mechanics and internal consistency of facts; marking head levels and approximate placement of art; notifying designer of any unusual production requirements. May include Canadianizing; metrication; providing or changing system of citations; writing or editing captions and/or credit lines; writing running heads; listing permissions needed and/or obtaining them; providing or editing prelims, back matter, cover copy and/or CIP data. May also include negotiating changes with author. (N.B. "Copy editing" is often loosely used to include stylistic and even structural editing, fact checking and mark-up. It is not so used by the Editors’ Association of Canada.)
  • Fact Checking / Reference Checking: Checking accuracy of facts and/or quotes by reference to original sources used by author and/or from other sources.
  • Proofreading: Reading proofs of edited manuscript. Galley proofing may include incorporating and/or exercising discretion on author's alterations; flagging locations of art and page references; verifying computer codes. Page proofing may include checking adherence to mock-up (rough paste-up), accuracy of running heads, folios and changes made to type in mock-up, checking page breaks and location of art, and inserting page numbers to table of contents and cross-references if necessary. May also include checking vandykes and colour mats (press proofs). 

The above terms are taken taken from the Editors’ Association of Canada website ( If you are seeking any of these services, please consult the Editors' Association of Canada's extensive list of accredited members, who are available for hire.