Critique Service

We provide critique services for books, short stories, poems and screenplays.

Please note, if you are new to writing, you may like our online creative writing courses before you request a critique. If you’d still like a critique, you can find out more about the service and prices below.

What is a critique?

The report will aim to comment on narrative, characterisation, plot, pace, dialogue, style and manuscript faults, with suggestions for improvement.

Please note that if you are looking for proofreading, this is a different service which can be found by clicking here.

(a) First Three Chapters Critique 

Before you submit your first three chapters to a publisher or literary agent, we recommend that you submit it for critique first.

Our first three chapters critique service includes a critique of your first three chapters, synopsis (1-2 pages) and cover letter to an agent/editor (4oo words).

First 5,000 words, synopsis and cover letter: £85
First 10,000 words, synopsis and cover letter: £140

(b) Poetry

Critique and editing of up to 4 poems: £45. Each poem can be up to 400 words.

(c) Short Story

Up to 5,000 words: £55

(d) Picture Book

Picture book (text up to 1,000 words) and cover letter to an agent/editor: £35

(e) Flash Fiction

Flash fiction (up to 300 words): £25

(f) For longer manuscripts such as a novel, novella, poetry or short story collection, memoir and biography, we recommend a critique of an excerpt first as this will often identify issues which you can then apply to the rest of your manuscript.

If you’d still like a critique of the full manuscript, please send a sample of your manuscript, a synopsis (up to 300 words) of the entire manuscript, and a note of the total word count to We will read your manuscript and provide a custom quote.

How do I pay?

Payment is made with a credit card through PayPal. We will forward payment details once we receive your manuscript. Payment is made in advance and on submission of a manuscript.

How do I submit my manuscript?

Please email your manuscript to The document should be in a Word file (.doc or .docx file) or an rtf file.

When will I receive the critique?

This depends on the length of your manuscript. We can provide an estimate when we provide a quote.

Please note: We are unable to provide a report unless we receive the appropriate fee on submission of the manuscript.

All correspondence will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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