Looking for a safe haven where you can submit work, get a critique that won't crush your soul? And, of course, have fun? We formed in 2008 as a place where writers could share work without fear. People who want to compete or tear others down for the sake of tearing others down need not apply. Granted, you will get constructive criticism. There's no point in sharing work if we can't grow from it.

Rules of Engagment

Work should be submitted by 9:00 p.m. the Sunday prior to the meet up, but  members can now start submitting the Wednesday before. in other words, you can submit a week in advance if you so wish. I do wish members submit only between Wednesday and Sunday the week before so I don't have to remember that they submitted three weeks early. I am aging. Be kind to me.

Submissions can be no longer than ten pages, double spaced in order that all members have a chance at critique. This allows your colleagues room for written comments.  One inch margins are standard. It's easier for those of us who prefer to use the Comment function if you don't submit in PDFs. It's either that or you have to read my handwriting.

Each member owns sole copyright to their work, so unauthorized sharing may result in banishment, at a minimum. Most importantly, we welcome all types of writing: poetry, sci-fi, romance, nonfiction, etc. No porn, torture or otherwise.

In order to minimize risk of copyright theft, we longer put links to our work on this site. As such, if you are submitting for the first time, please contact me with your email address. I will send out the submissions in the order in which they were received.

Exceptions for page length are given to picture books and screenplays: 20 pages each. Yes, this does mean that some submissions will have to be segmented and submitted over several months. If, however, your chapter neatly wraps up on page 11, then send all eleven pages. It will then be up to members to read that last page, time permitting.

If you are working on a long form of writing (novel, memoir), please preface your work with a short description. This allows members to refresh their memory of where we are in your work. I.E. : I am submitting chapter B. In Chapter A, this happened.

Please submit your work only in the week preceding the meeting. I will send it out to the attending members in the order in which is was received. This will also be the order of review for that meeting. I.e. first come, first reviewed.

Submissions must be received by Sunday night by 9 p.m. to meet the cut off. Pieces coming in after the deadline may not be reviewed, depending on how the meeting is going. If time remains, we will review late submissions in the order received. Although we have our room for 2:30 hours, there is always the risk that, should you submit late, we may not get to your piece.

Staying on the List:

If you have joined the list but never attended, you will be de-listed at your five-month anniversary of never having attended. This gleaning is necessary to assure potential newbies that we have space for them. And, yes, some of them will probably never show as well, but they might be more likely to do so if our numbers are more reflective of active participators.

If you submit twice but then fail to show up, you will be de-listed. Members invest time reading your work and making constructive comments on it. To submit and then bail is a waste of their time not to mention rude.

If you submit but cancel at least 24 hours before the meeting, you will stay on the list. Manners count. See the above. Stuff happens and plans change, but be a decent person and give us a heads up so we know how to budget our time.

I'm sure there are points I'm forgetting, but that's about it.

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