All paid members in good standing, new or renewing are
entitled to the one-time offer of a free manuscript review by one of
our published authors and editors. The offer will work as follows:
- Any paid member in good standing
can submit a manuscript for review.
- The manuscript should be
submitted in hard copy. No disks or CDs please. (This is to protect our
reviewers from the possibility of inadvertent viruses).
- Our reviewer will review your
manuscript within 60 days of receipt.
- If your manuscript is a novel,
novel-length work of nonfiction or short story, our reviewer will provide
you with the following:
- A one- to two-page overview of
your manuscript that includes our reviewer’s opinion of overall content,
general tone, grammatical errors (if any), characterization (if
applicable) and other appropriate commentary.
- A sample edit of several pages
of your manuscript.
- If your manuscript is a magazine
or newspaper article of less than 800 words, the reviewer will include the
overview mentioned above plus an edit of the entire work.
- Our reviewers may also make other
suggestions such as where your work is most likely to be published or
other information that may be useful to you.
- Please be aware that our
reviewers are offering their opinion only and are under no obligation to
provide other free services to you such as a more comprehensive edit, or
advice on publishing or marketing your manuscript.
- If you choose to have the
reviewer do further work on your manuscript for a fee, such an arrangement
is between you and the reviewer.
- Articles or stories which have
been edited by our reviewers in their entirety will not be eligible for
entry in the PSWA writing competition. Book-length manuscripts that have
been reviewed by PSWA reviewers will be eligible for entry in the writing
competition since only a small portion of the work will have been edited.
- Our reviewers retain the right to
refuse to review manuscripts if they contain pornography or overly
explicit or discriminatory language. In such a case, the manuscript will
simply be returned to you with a note explaining why the manuscript was
- All manuscripts must be
accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed return envelope.
- Manuscripts must be accompanied
by the following form.
To help our reviewers review
your manuscript, please include further information about the manuscript
such as why you wrote this work, who you think the intended audience would
be, where (or if) you might intend to publish this manuscript and anything
else about the manuscript that you think might be useful for us to know.
Please also include a short
Please send this form, a self
addressed stamped return envelope and your manuscript to:
Public Safety Writers Association
2024 Falcon Court
Bellingham, WA 98229