Novel Critique (by Yoon Ha Lee)

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I will critique a complete novel of up to 120,000 words via email (.doc preferred, but I can also read RTF).  I will honor this critique anytime through the end of 2017, and return the critique to you within 60 days after receiving the manuscript.

My short fiction has appeared in Tor.com, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Uncanny Magazine, and other venues; my first novel, Ninefox Gambit, is a finalist for the Hugo and Nebula awards this year.

Starting Bid: $100

Shipping: not applicable

Other Notes: Critique returned within 60 days after receipt of manuscript.

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Manuscript Critique by Lynne M. Thomas

Item Name and Description: I am one of the Editors-in-Chief and co-Publishers of Uncanny Magazine. I will provide a personal critique of a manuscript up to 10K words, either via email or Google Hangout/Skype (your choice). Either a short story or first few chapters of a novel (please include synopsis of rest of novel if that’s what you’re submitting).

Starting Bid: $100

Shipping: n/a

Other Notes: I will provide this critique in a timely manner, as negotiated with the auction winner.

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Help Name a Gem, or….

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This is slightly unusual, so a choice:

The winner of this auction gets to help name a Gem Universe gem — aka those very bad gems from Nebula- and Hugo- nominated The Jewel & Her Lapidary like the Star Cabochon, the Death Astrion, and The Steadfast Diamond, as well as the short story “The Topaz Marquis.”

There will be more of these stories and your named gem could play a not insignificant role in how things turn out…

No gemologist’s license required, just your creative flair.

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a 10-page manuscript critique.

Starting Bid: $20.00

Shipping: not applicable

Other Notes: Critique period will be at the discretion of and agreement between Fran Wilde and the auction winner.

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Short Story Critique from A.C. Wise

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A.C. Wise will provide a thorough critique of a short story (or excerpt of a longer work) up to 8,000 words, including line-level edits, and big picture feedback. If you have additional questions after receiving the initial critique, she will happily go over them with you.

Wise’s work has appeared in publications such as Tor.com, Clarkesworld, and the Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror 2017, among others. Her short fiction collection, The Kissing Booth Girl and Other Stories, is currently a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. In addition to her fiction, she co-edits Unlikely Story, and contributes a monthly review column to Apex Magazine.

Starting Bid: 50

Shipping: N/A

Other Notes: The winning bidder will receive critique notes back within two weeks of sending their story/excerpt. There is no expiration date on the critique. The winner may send their work whenever it is ready.

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Short story critique from E. Lily Yu

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I will read and critique a short story of up to 7,000 words. My fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Tor.com, F&SF, McSweeney’s, Clarkesworld, Uncanny, and Boston Review, and my stories have been finalists for the Hugo, Nebula, Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards, among others, as well as anthologized in multiple best-of-the-year collections. I am willing to read in almost any genre.

Starting Bid: 50

Shipping: not applicable

Other Notes: Would prefer not to read horror, explicit rape/torture scenes, or anything with zombies. I will deliver the critique within 30 days of receiving the story.

PS – If you’ve won a critique from me in the past through the Con-or-Bust auction, and haven’t used it, I’m happy to honor it through the end of this year.

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Short Story Critique by Jason Sizemore

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Short Story Critique by Apex Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Jason Sizemore

Jason Sizemore will do a thorough critique of one short story (up to 7,500 words) with editing notes on story structure and grammar left throughout the manuscript via track changes. When he returns your story to you, he will include an email detailing what he believes to be the strengths and weaknesses of the story, as well as suggestions on how to make the story stronger. If you have questions about any of his notes, he will be happy to go over them with you, working with you step by step to make your story the best it can possibly be.

Jason is the Editor-in-Chief of Apex Magazine and Apex Book Company. He is also the author of Irredeemable and For Exposure: The Life and Times of a Small Press Publisher.

Starting Bid: $50

Shipping: not applicable

Other Notes: Jason will return your completed critique within two weeks of receiving the story. If for some reason there would be a delay, he will let the writer know as soon as possible.

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Short Story Critique by Lesley Conner

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Short Story Critique by Apex Magazine’s Managing Editor Lesley Conner

Lesley will do a thorough critique of one short story (up to 7,500 words) with editing notes on story structure and grammar left throughout the manuscript via track changes. When she returns your story to you, she will include an email detailing what she believes to be the strengths and weaknesses of the story, as well as suggestions on how to make the story stronger. If you have questions about any of her notes, she will be happy to go over them with you, working with you step by step to make your story the best it can possibly be.

Lesley is the managing editor at Apex Magazine and Apex Book Company, where she does quite a bit of copy editing and proofreading. She also does freelance editing for a few clients. Her novel The Weight of Chains was published in 2015 by Sinister Grin Press.

Starting Bid: $50

Shipping: not applicable

Other Notes: I should be able to return the completed critique within two weeks of receiving the story. If there is any delay, I will contact the writer straightaway.

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