How many entries have you received this month?
Answer: It is our general policy not to give out specific numbers so as to discourage an atmosphere of gambling.
Who are your readers?
Answer: Our readers come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Some are editors, some writers. Several of our readers are retired, though most are in the prime of their careers. Minimum qualifications to read and judge your work include being a published author, a teacher or professor with a focus in language and/or literature, an editor, an agent, or other industry professional. Most of our readers have advanced degrees, though we do allow experience to substitute.
How is the winner selected?
Answer: Readers receive an electronic packet of submitted works on the first day of each month. Reading and scoring is largely a subjective experience, however, we do ask readers to use our standardized scoring sheet in order to work toward some level of objectivity. Usually within a week, we are able to gather a quorum of score sheets. The top two scoring submissions take the winning and first runner-up position.
Can you help me get published in print?
Answer: We are not a publishing house and cannot aid you directly in getting published in print. However, winning and being published on our site can help indirectly by creating a "buzz" around your work, serving as a resume talking point, and helping you to focus and edit your work.
Can I become a reader for WritersType?
Answer: We are not currently looking for new readers. However, if you are interested, feel free to send us a resume or a C.V. If positions open up, we may give you a call.
Who comments on the winning entries?
Answer: All readers are asked to leave general comments "in-text" as they read through your work. These comments are read by our managing editor and incorporated into one document for your review. We try, though do not guarantee, to send you two different sets of comments.
Can I submit the first chapter of my unfinished novel?
Answer: Our rules say "no." Note, however, this is not something we will check. The spirit of our rule (to accept first chapters only from completed novels) is to encourage you to actually finish a complete draft of your novel. Additionally, we don't want your short stories passed off as first chapters. And, we don't want to serve as a test to determine if you should write the remainder of your novel. So, if you are actively, genuinely, passionately in the process of writing the remainder of your still-unfinished novel, you may submit without guilt. If not, the answer is "no."
Can I hire you to edit my entire novel?
Answer: Many of our readers do work as editors and will happily take on freelance work. If you are interested in having your work edited, please use our contact form to inquire.
Can I submit and/or publish my work on another website?
Answer: Of course. You are more than welcome to submit your work elsewhere. We claim no rights or restrictions over your work whatsoever. If at any time you'd like us to remove your work from our site, simply let us know. We only ask that at the time you submit to our site, your work is commercially unpublished.