Here is a link to standard shorty story manuscript format. A lot of publications will actually like to this in their guidelines. I suggest we read it before we begin.
Did you read it?
No really, did you read it?
There's no way you read it that fast. Go back and do it again, slowly.
Okay, now that's the ticket! So below are screenshots of the stories we're going to critique. Before we look the stories closely, let's look at first impressions. You can click on them to see a larger picture.
Who made the best first impression?
Now look again and answer:
How can each author improve their first impression?
Please remember, this is not about tearing up the authors. You may answer these questions in the comments or make general comments but be aware of how you phrase things. Last but not least, lets thank the authors for bravely putting themselves in the public eye so we can all learn.
Authors, thank you so very much.
Mariel R. is an ESL teacher, horse trainer, writer, editor, sporadic blogger, and lover of beer. She lives in South Korea with two cats, three horses, a German Shepherd and 17 chickens.
Bear (Gom in Korean) then (above) now (below)
Geumbi (Goldy in English) R.I.P February, 23, 2018