Manuscript Critique Submission

Manuscript Critique Submission

Registered participants at the conference may submit work for a critique session with one of the conference faculty or Graduate Creative Writing Program faculty members. The fee for this consultation is $150, payable at the time of registration. There are a limited number of such opportunities—we encourage anyone who wants a critique session to apply early.

Submission Guidelines

Submitters must be registered for the conference. On the conference registration page, select "Manuscript Review" and sign up with the reviewer of your choice. Once you have registered, make your submission according to the following guidelines:

Prose (fiction or nonfiction): Submit up to 30 pages from a single work, or key passages from a longer work. If you want comments on a novel, include a two- to three-page synopsis of the plot in addition to the submitted pages.

Poetry: Submit up to 10 poems, totaling no more than 20 pages.

Screenwriting: Submit up to four scenes, totaling no more than 30 pages. Include either a plot synopsis or a treatment of up to two to three pages for your complete screenplay, in addition to the submitted pages.

Feel free to include a cover page explaining your work. This sheet does not count toward your page count.

Format: We prefer electronic submissions in Word. If you use another word-processing program, please save the file as an "rtf" document ("rich text format"). Be sure to indicate your name and the genre of your submission in the file name.

Please send your submission as a single file attached to an email to Dr. Mark Todd, Conference Coordinator. In the email's subject heading, please write, "WtR ms. Submission."

Deadline: July 1 (to give readers enough time to read and comment on submitted work).

Your reviewer will be in touch before the conference to set up a time and place for your meeting. Most critique sessions will occur on Friday or Saturday afternoon, though writers and instructors should feel free to choose another time if that one is inconvenient (see Conference Schedule).


Each reviewer is listed with a separate enrollment tab on the conference registration page.


Candace Nadon is a visiting professor of Genre Fiction in Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing. Candace has an MFA in Fiction from Stonecoast Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D. in English with Creative Concentration from Georgia State University. Her fiction, poetry and lyric essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Hartskill Review in The Fourth River, Platte Valley Review, Dogwood: A Journal of Poetry and Prose, and Mary: A Journal of New Writing, among others. She edited the book Our Place Two, and contributed to the forthcoming textbook Primary Research and Writing. Candace is a fifth generation Coloradan and currently lives in Durango, where she teaches at Fort Lewis College and is working on a novel.

Michaela Roessner is a visiting professor of Genre Fiction in Western's Graduate Program in Creative Writing. She holds an MFA in Popular Fiction from the University of Southern Maine. She has published four novels, as well as assorted short fiction and nonfiction in publications that include Asimov’s Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, OMNI Magazine, Canada’s Room Magazine and anthologies that include Full Spectrum 2 and Intersections. Her first novel, Walkabout Woman, won the Crawford and John W. Campbell awards. She has also had work short-listed for the Calvino Prize, the Tiptree Award and the Millennium Publishing short fiction contest. Her current major projects include a number of short fiction pieces, finishing up her novel The Waters of Babylon, completing the last of her trio of novels that center around the early life of Catherine de Medici, and participating in several group ekphrastic commissions.​


J S Mayank is the Director of Western’s Screenwriting Concentration. He is a British-Indian filmmaker, represented by ICM Partners and Ensemble Entertainment. He has several TV projects and features in development at the moment. His first sci-fi feature script, Slate, earned him a spot on the 2009 BLOODLIST (the Horror/Sci-fi/ Thriller Blacklist). He was invited by Robert DeNiro’s Tribeca Film Festival to the prestigious 2010 Tribeca All Access Program for his feature script Marathon. For his directorial debut, Mayank was granted an opportunity by the band Radiohead to create a concept music video for their song Weird Fishes / Arpeggi. He worked alongside visual artist extraordinaire John Langdon (Angels & Demons) to design special ambigrams for the video. Most recently, Mayank’s script for EMIT won a Grand Prize at the Table Read My Screenplay contest, beating out over 1,200 other scripts, and winning him a trip to Sundance (2012) where a table-read of it was performed. Since then, he’s directed Emit starring Jack Coleman (Heroes, The Office, Scandal), and the short has played at over 30 festivals all over the world, including NBC|Universal Shortcuts festival and the Philip K. Dick fest in New York, Fantasia, SCI-FI London, Sci-fi Fantasy-Athens, Edinburgh, Newport Beach, New York, Las Vegas, Brazil, garnering several awards, stellar reviews and high praise for its inventiveness and creative vision. Mayank has an MFA in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and an MA in Communication & Film from Wake Forest University. He currently resides in Los Angeles.


David J. Rothman serves as the Director of Western’s Graduate Program in Creative Writing, along with also directing Writing the Rockies. He is the editor of Western's national journal of poetry and criticism, THINK. His most recent book, co-edited with Jeffrey Villines, is Belle Turnbull: On the Life & Work of an Amereican Master (Pleiades, 2017). His most recent volumes of poetry, both of which appeared in 2013, are The Book of Catapults (White Violet Press) and Part of the Darkness (Entasis Press). A book of creative nonfiction about mountains and mountain towns, Living the Life (Conundrum Press), also appeared in 2013. His poems, essays and scholarly work have appeared widely, in journals including Appalachia, Atlantic Monthly, Gettysburg Review, Hudson Review, Kenyon Review, New Criterion, Poetry, Threepenny Review and scores of other newspapers, journals and periodicals. He co-founded and served as first Executive Director of the Crested Butte Music Festival, was the founding Publisher and Editor of Conundrum Press (now owned by the Bower House Books of Denver), and currently serves as Resident Poet of Colorado Public Radio and Poet Laureate of Colorado's Western Slope (2017-19). He has served as Executive Director, President and a Board Member of the Robinson Jeffers Association, and has served on many other governing and advisory boards, including those of the West Chester Poetry Center and of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). He lives in Crested Butte.