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Who Needs a Write2Ignite Critique?

If you’re fairly new to the writing business or trying out a different genre, you may wonder whether you’re doing it right. Or maybe you have a story that you feel is almost—but not quite—working, and you’re not sure why. What’s a writer needing a professional opinion and guidance to do? Get a professional critique, of course!

We at Write2Ignite offer you two options, depending on the time of year:

  • Two-for-One Critiques are available from October 1 to June 15. The fee of $45 gets one story critiqued by two professional members of our faculty (see page limits at the bottom of this page).
  • Our Conference Critiques are available from June 1 to the beginning of September. (See “send by” dates in the chart below.) These are only for registered conferees and include a face-to-face fifteen-minute meeting at the Write2Ignite conference with a pro you chose to critique your work (see page limits at the bottom of this page). The fee is $35 per manuscript.

Each critique will give you a thorough review of the strengths and weaknesses of your writing, offer suggestions for improvement, and help you identify potential markets.

A key is included below the following chart to help you interpret abbreviations in the chart.

Write2Ignite 2019: Conference Critiques Availability

(chart will be updated as presenter availability changes)

Critique Faculty # YA MG NFB ERC PB SS NFA P D C A Send by
Carol Baldwin 3 X X X 9/12
Daniel Blackaby 2 X X X X 9/5
Edie Melson 2 9/5
Brenda Covert 2 X X X X X X 9/12
Jean Hall 3 X X 8/31
Todd Williams 2 X 9/5
Kim Peterson 2 X X X X X X X X X X X 9/5
Linda Phillips 2 X X X 9/5
Vijaya Bodach 10 X X X X X X X X X X X 9/5
Kenzi Nevins 5 X X X X 9/5
Steve Hutson 6 X X X X X X 9/5
Andrea Merrell 2-3 X X X X X 9/12


Chart Key

# = Number of submissions a faculty member will critique

YA = Young adult novel

MG = Middle grade novel

NFB = Nonfiction book

ERC = Early reader/chapter book

PB = Picture book

SS = Short story

NFA = Nonfiction article

P = Poetry

D = Devotional

C = Curriculum

A = Activity book/pages

Manuscript Submission Procedure

Submit a manuscript for critique in any of the categories listed at the end of this post. Email your manuscript to our critique facilitator, Brenda Covert, at, and place “W2I CRITIQUE ENTRY” in the subject line. You’ll receive a written one-page critique or comments written on your pages. Include in the email text your name, email address, title, and category. You may submit as many manuscripts as you wish, as long as you pay the fee for each one.

Critique Fee


Check or Money Order:

If mailing a check or money order, make it payable to Write2Ignite. Please send the check to the address that will be given to you after you email your material to Brenda Covert.

Manuscript Format

Type all manuscripts in double-spaced, 12-pt. font, standard manuscript format. Include your name, the title of your piece, and the page number on each of your manuscript’s pages. (See page limit below.)

Please bring a copy of your material to the conference appointment!

Type of Manuscript

NOTE: All manuscripts should be 12 point type, Times New Roman, double-spaced (unless otherwise noted), with one-inch margins.

  • Young adult/middle grade novel—One page query or synopsis (single-spaced) and the first pages of the manuscript (double-spaced). Ten pages TOTAL.
  • Nonfiction book—Chapter outline, proposal and/or query letter (single-spaced) and the first pages of the manuscript (double-spaced). Ten pages TOTAL.
  • Picture book—Complete manuscript up to 1,000 words
  • Early reader/chapter book—First chapters up to 10 pages
  • Nonfiction article—1,200 word limit
  • Short story—1,200 word limit
  • Poetry—5 poems equal 1 critique; 40-line limit for each poem
  • Devotional—500-word limit each; up to 4 devotionals per paid critique
  • Curriculum-–A table of contents and 2–5 chapters; up to 10 pages
  • Activity book/pages—Up to 10 pages



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6 thoughts on “Who Needs a Write2Ignite Critique?

  1. Thank you for this oportunity to have a critique at any time needed! I blessing I have longed for of you!

  2. Thanks for the information, Brenda!

    1. You’re welcome!

  3. thanks for the info.
    Can hardly wait for June 1.

  4. I have registered yet am confused as to the cost of the conference. The payment information has been crossed out.

    Please email what I am to write my check for.

    Also can I still aquire critiques at the conference? I may have missed the info , yet another inquiry …if so, will I need to pay ahead as well for these when sending my payment to registration?

    I am praying blessings for you and for the conference! Excited!

    Thank you

    Cindy Holladay

    1. Hi, Cindy! If I understand correctly, another team member recently answered your questions about registration payment. Please let us know if you still have questions about that.

      Here are some answers to your critiques questions. Yes, if you apply ahead of time for a Conference Critique, you will be eligible for a critique at the conference. Our Conference Critiques, which are available from June 1 to August 25, are for registered conferees, and they include a face-to-face 15-minute meeting at the Write2Ignite Conference with a pro.

      The fee for a Conference Critique is $35 per manuscript, and we do ask that you pay ahead for each critique.

      Our critique facilitator, Brenda Covert, can answer any further critiques questions you have. If you’d like more information, please reach out to her at

      Have a great day! :)

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