Have Your Work Professionally Critiqued

Critique Editors are no longer accepting submissions.

Take advantage of our professional critiquing service at the Northwest Christian Writers Renewal. Members of NCWA's Editors Connection are available to give your work a thorough edit at a discounted price.

For just $20.00 (when you are also paying Renewal registration fees) you may purchase a critique of a selected portion of your manuscript, which includes a 30-minute face-to-face session at the conference with the reviewer of your choice.

  • When you register for the Renewal conference, you may select a paid critique as an additional option during the conference registration process. Payment for this service will be added to the conference registration fee.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all submissions should follow standard manuscript formatting (12-point Times New Roman font, double-spaced with 1-inch margins). You will be be given instructions regarding your reviewer's contact information and preferred method of delivery.
  • Submissions must be received by the reviewer's deadline in order to be critiqued.
  • You will be notified of your appointment time.
  • The Professional Critique service includes only one critique of the work you submit. Critiques of revised pages are not included in this discounted price, so please refrain from requesting that your reviewer give a subsequent review without proper compensation. You are welcome, however, to inquire concerning their normal editing rates.

Editors available for paid critiques at the Renewal

Please study the guidelines carefully, since they vary concerning submission length and deadline, along with the genre of work accepted for review and the days available to meet with you for consultation.

On the conference registration form you will be asked to indicate the editor you’d like as a reviewer. We have only a limited number of openings, so be sure to register early while there's still a chance to take advantage of this special feature.

Marlene McCurley


Deadline: 05/06/2019

Genres: Memoir, Biography, Autobiography, Self-Help, Devotionals, Historical Fiction, YA Fiction, Romance, Suspense, Short Stories, Children's Books, Fantasy

Not accepting at this time: Science Fiction, Poetry, Academic Nonfiction

Submit Via: E-mail

Status: Schedule Full


Bio: Marlene McCurley has an editing credential from the University of Chicago, home of the Chicago Manual of Style, and over 17 years' experience as a copy editor. She also has ample experience in writing media materials, press releases, and book reviews. Marlene has freelanced for multiple publishing companies and volunteered her services for the Alzheimer's Association and the Northwest Christian Writers Association. She is a member of The Christian PEN, Northwest Christian Writers Association, the Northwest Independent Editors Guild, and the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Marlene believes that copy editors provide a crucial service for every author to assure that nothing distracts from the message of their book, short story, or article. She values every opportunity to help authors polish their manuscripts so that their ideas, their stories, shine through.

What to Send: 100-word synopsis and the first 15–20 double-spaced pages 

Hannah Smith

Deadline: 05/17/2019, no later than 5:00 pm

Genres: Memoir, Biography, Autobiography, Science Fiction, Technical Writing, Self-help, Devotional

Not accepting at this time: Poetry, Fantasy, Romance

Submit Via: E-mail

Status: No Longer Accepting Submissions


Bio: Hannah Smith has provided a variety of professional editing services, such as proofreading and editing of articles, technical writing, self-help, and various fiction and nonfiction works. Her professional experience in the US and abroad has taught her the importance of grammatically correct, high-quality content in writing. She has over 20 years of experience in interpersonal development fields, holds masters degrees in both Education and Counseling Psychology and has written and published numerous communication tips and advisory pieces and has written a memoir.  She is the Founder and Chief Consultant of Potential Finders Consultancy.

What to Send: First 15–20 double-spaced pages and a brief synopsis of the book

Susan Marlow

Deadline: 04/30/2019

Genres: Children’s Early Readers, Middle-Grade Fiction, YA Fiction, Historical Romance, Mysteries, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Not accepting at this time: Poetry, Nonfiction, Magazine articles

Submit Via: E-mail

Status: Schedule Full

Web Site:

Bio: Susan has edited children’s, middle-grade, biblical allegory, fantasy, historical romance, as well as personal experience stories for publishers and as a freelance editor. She is the award-winning author of four (going on five) historical fiction series—early chapter books through YA—with Kregel Publications, a CBA publisher. 

Susan’s goal is to come alongside budding writers of all ages and help make their manuscripts shine.

What to Send: First 15–20 double-spaced pages and a 100–200 word plot summary

Dori Harrell

Deadline: 05/06/2019

Genres: Fiction—Women’s, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Historical, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Romantic Comedy, Mysteries, Cozies, Fantasy/Science, Suspense, Young Adult, Middle Grade, Children’s

Nonfiction—Nonacademic, Memoir

Not accepting at this time: Poetry, Horror, Academic Nonfiction

Submit Via: E-mail

Status: No Longer Accepting Submissions

Web Site:

Bio: Dori owns Breakout Editing and writes and edits full time. As an editor, she releases over twenty books per year. Dori edits for publishers and indie authors, and she serves as managing editor of Redemption Press and edits for Gemma Halliday Publishing (publisher of cozies). A multiple-award-winning writer, Dori released her debut novel in 2017 and has published more than a thousand articles in newspapers and magazines nationwide. She guest blogs and speaks on editing, writing, and blogging at editors’ and writers’ conferences and relationship marketing events. She’s a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association, the Christian Proofreaders and Editors Network (Christian PEN), and American Christian Fiction Writers.

What to Send: the first 15–20 double-spaced pages and a chapter (also double spaced) from the middle if available.

Dawn Kinzer

Deadline: 05/06/2019

Genres: Contemporary Fiction, Contemporary Romance, Historical Fiction, Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Fiction, Mysteries, Suspense, YA Fiction (Novels, Novellas, Short Stories)

Not accepting: Poetry, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Children’s Books, Nonfiction

Submit Via: E-mail

Status: Schedule Full

Web Site:

Bio: Dawn Kinzer launched Faithfully Write Editing in 2010. Experienced in fiction and nonfiction, she edits books, articles, devotions, and short stories—and her own work has been published in various devotionals and magazines. With a desire to encourage other Christian writers, she co-hosts and writes for the blog, Seriously Write. Sarah’s Smile is the first book in her historical romance series The Daughters of Riverton, Hope’s Design is the second, and Rebecca’s Song completes the trilogy. She is a member of the Northwest Christian Writers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, The Christian PEN, and the Christian Editor Connection.

Dawn believes the written word can bring laughter and tears. It can comfort, challenge, teach, and inspire. Her goal is to help writers achieve that for their readers.

What to Send: the first 15–20 double-spaced pages

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