In Orca’s past three years we have provided nearly 1000 feedbacks to submitters. Basic Feedback is primarily a “peek behind the curtain,” in which staff readers and editors describe why they chose to vote a submission up or down. These are craft-based general comments of 500 words or less, based on a minimum of three pages read. But we have recognized that some submitters want fuller and more detailed comments. We now offer a second tier of feedback. For Detailed Feedback, an Orca editor will provide extensive comments focused on craft, typically 500 to 1000+ words. The editor may also provide attachments or links to informative craft articles. Both are now available for nonfiction submissions as well.
We offer Basic Feedback on your submission for $12, and Detailed Feedback for $29. We are truly committed to helping writers understand not only literary craft, but how journal staffs review submissions in their decision-making process.
Feedback Me! submissions are considered expedited, and you should receive a response within two weeks. We do not at this time offer feedback on Poetry submissions.
Feedback on our Feedback:
Here is what some of our Feedback Me! recipients said about our service.
Thank you so much for your detailed description of how I can improve this story and my writing. This is the best feedback I have received, and I have both a teacher and a critique group.
– Patricia Ljutic
I just wanted to say thank you, thank you, thank you! Your feedback has been incredibly helpful. The distilled comments and some of the observations about character have helped me in the revision process. The last few months I managed to sell a couple stories to some iconic spec fiction magazines and I’m certain your feedback helped. Thanks again.
– Rajeev Prasad
Thank you so much for the invaluable feedback! I appreciated the accessible price and avenue for this submission, as a lot of editorial feedback falls in the range of 20 – 30 dollars. I wanted to express my thanks as this is some of the first in depth feedback I’ve received and it is incredibly useful to me.
– Maddie Vickers
To receive feedback on your submission select the checkbox when you submit your story on Submittable.