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Submissions for Last Saturday of the month critique meeting

Mona M. E.
Group Organizer
Tacoma, WA
The twenty-seventh of the month might seem far away, but the submission deadline is not.
The deadline for posting is NEXT TUESDAY. 23 July. That's only five days so mark it on your calendar and count down the days.
If you are new, please read below. We rarely have time to read at the meeting so bringing something will likely be futile.
Here's all the usual stuff, including instructions for new authors:

POSTING: For those of you who have access to the Wiki, go to the main page and click on the meeting date in the big table. [Red, yellow background, larger type, or all of the above]
If you are new you won't have access to the Wiki until you have

  • Come to a meeting AND

  • Sent me an email asking for access.

If would like to submit and/or read others' submissions, please email me at with a valid email address (not this site). Attach your submission and give me a comment on the submission. I will post both. If you want to read submissions, please say so and I will send you a zip file on the day after the due date with all of the submissions in it.
If you have been to a meeting and still do not have access to the wiki, please email me at from a valid email address (not this site) and I will send you an invitation.  Please do not go directly to site and ask for access.
PLEASE, COME EARLY to purchase your beverage and whatever, signed in, and pay your dues ($1.00 / attended meeting / person). The dues pay for the use of the Rough Draft Meetup Site.

EACH PAGE of your submission MUST have a header which includes:

  • Title of your work

  • A copyright symbol followed by your name.

  • Current Page number / Number of pages.

There is a template page on the Meetup Site under More->Files. You can download it to use.  You might have to redo the Page/Number of Pages because MS Word does not play well with copies in that regard. You can role your own as long as you have the bulleted items.

Do NOT use .docx files. Many word processors will not open them. DO use .doc or in a pinch, .rtf.  Please do NOT use .pdf files. Also, please do not lock your headers, because if you do and they are incorrect, I cannot fix them.

Maximum length is 20 pages.

Submissions should be posted on the Meeting page and should be:

  • Double spaced.

  • At least 12 pt. type UNLESS you space between each paragraph.  If you do, you may use 1.5 spaced lines.

  • Legible Type like Arial Helvetica or Times Roman

Please bring a few extra copies of your submission for newbies.

Newbies, you may participate, but you need to participate in written critiques as well. I also need to know that you want to participate.
VERBAL CRITIQUES: Please choose about THREE major items that you think will benefit from improvement and be prepared. Do not dwell on grammar or line by line items. That should be marked up in the manuscript. We'll hope to have time for the author to answer back.
CROSS TALK: I love cross talk and so do many of us. There's a lot to be learned from it. Note it and keep it until the end of critiquing session. Then anyone who absolutely HAS TO LEAVE will still get most of the critiques, and the rest of us can have at it. This can be a lot of fun, so I hope you can stay.
WHEN DO WE PLAY BY THESES RULES: When the number of people attending, the number of manuscripts to critique, or a combination of both threaten to cause the meeting to exceed our three hours by thirty minutes. Otherwise, we can relax the rules and do it a bit more informally.
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