Paid Critiques

For an additional fee of $45.00 (over and above Conference Registration Fees) you may opt to purchase critiques of your manuscript and/or synopsis and a fifteen-thirty minute critique session with the reviewer of your choice.

All submissions should follow standard manuscript formatting unless otherwise noted (Courier or Times New Roman font, 12 point font size, double spaced with 1-inch margins). You will be contacted and provided with instruction regarding your reviewer’s preferred method of delivery. Submission must be received by the reviewer’s deadline.

The Conference Appointment Coordinator, Casey Miller, will schedule your critique appointment. All times are CDT for the virtual conference.You will receive the date/time/location of your appointment prior to the virtual conference.

Adding a Paid Critique to your choice of additional options will be part of the Conference Registration process. Payment will be submitted along with Conference Registration Fees.

PLEASE NOTE: The Paid Critique service includes only ONE critique of the work submitted. Critiques of revised pages ARE NOT included and SHOULD NOT be requested from your reviewer.

Reviewers Available

Please read each reviewer’s guidelines as they vary per submission length and entry deadline. On the Conference Registration Form, you will be asked to indicate a first and second choice, in the event your first choice is unavailable. Critiquers only have a limited number of slots available. Selection is done on a first come basis, so be sure to register early.

2021 Paid Critiques



Tara Johnson

Deadline: 08/27/2021

Genre(s): Historical Romance
Submit Via: Email
Status: open

Bio: Tara Johnson is an author and speaker, and loves to write stories that help people break free from the lies they believe about themselves.

Tara’s debut novel Engraved on the Heart (Tyndale) earned a starred review from Publishers Weekly, and finaled in the Carol and Christy awards. In addition to being published in a variety of digital and print magazines, she has been a featured guest on Voice of Truth radio, Enduring Word radio, television and podcasts. Her third novel All Through the Night is set to release in February of 2021. She is a history nerd, especially the Civil War, and adores making people laugh. She, her husband, and children live in Arkansas.



What to Send: First 25 pages and/or elevator pitch



Carrie Stuart Parks

Deadline: 08/27/21

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction|Mystery/Suspense/Thriller|Romantic Suspense
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.carriestuartparks.com

Bio: Carrie Stuart Parks is an award-winning fine artist, instructor, and author, and an internationally known forensic artist. An ECPA best selling author, her books have won Christy, Carol, Inspy, Wright, and Maxwell awards and finaled in the Christy, Selah, Christian Retailing Best, Cascade, Inspy, and Daphne du Maurier awards. She was mentored by NY Times bestselling author, Frank Peretti.




What to Send: First 10 pages plus synopsis. Participants will have a written critique of their work sent.



Kathleen Y'Barbo Turner

Deadline: 08/15/2021

Genre(s): Contemporary Fiction|Contemporary Romance|Historical Fiction|Historical Romance|Mystery/Suspense/Thriller|Romantic Suspense|Women's Fiction
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.kathleenybarbo.com

Bio: Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple Carol Award and RITA nominee and bestselling author of more than one hundred books with over two million copies of her books in print in the US and abroad. A tenth-generation Texan and certified paralegal, she is a member of the Texas Bar Association Paralegal Division, Texas A&M Association of Former Students and the Texas A&M Women Former Students (Aggie Women), Texas Historical Society, Novelists Inc., Sisters in Crime, and American Christian Fiction Writers. She would also be a member of the Daughters of the American Republic, Daughters of the Republic of Texas and a few other fabulous organizations if she would just remember to fill out the paperwork that Great Aunt Mary Beth has sent her more than once.


Kathleen and her hero in combat boots husband have their own surprise love story that unfolded on social media a few years back. They make their home just north of Houston, Texas and are the parents and in-laws of a blended family of Texans, Okies, and one very adorable Londoner.



What to Send: First 20 pages. Along with the first 20 manuscript pages, please send the genre and estimated final word count (if known) of the book. Optional: a synopsis of NO MORE than one page.



Kimberley Woodhouse

Deadline: 08/15/2021

Genre(s): Historical Fiction|Historical Romance
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: https://kimberleywoodhouse.com

Bio: Kimberley Woodhouse is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of more than twenty-five books which have earned her many accolades including Christian Retailing’s Top Pick and Publisher’s Weekly starred reviews. Winner of the Carol Award, The Holt Medallion, and The Reader's Choice Award among others, she loves to teach on writing. A lover of history and research, she often gets sucked into the past and then her husband has to lure her out with chocolate. Connect with Kimberley: https://kimberleywoodhouse.com.

What to Send: Up to the first 10 pages



Jaime Jo Wright

Deadline: 08/15/2021

Genre(s): Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
Submit Via: Email
Status: open
Web Site: http://www.jaimejowright.com

Bio: Jaime Jo Wright is winner of the Christy,Carol, Daphne du Maurier, and INSPYAwards. She’s also the Publishers Weeklyand ECPA bestselling author of threenovellas. Jaime writes from her house inthe Wisconsin woodlands, where she liveswith her husband, two children, fourfelines, gecko, and various aquatic andamphibious tag-a-longs .

What to Send: First chapter (maximum of 20 pages)