In club meetings we regularly read over and critique pieces of creative writing submitted by members of the club. If you would like to have your work critiqued, you can fill out the form below and attach your document. The critiques and comments made in club meeting are aimed to improve your piece and grow you as a writer; criticism will be made, but it will be made in a positive environment by other faulty writers. Submitted work will be sent out to the club members by email, however SWAG will not publish or distribute your work without vocal or written assent beyond that audience. Please also make sure that if you submit a piece, you will be able to attend the next meeting of SWAG so that you can receive the helpful comments and feedback.
Rules for S.W.A.G. Submission:
- No explicit content: Explicit includes sexual, violent, or otherwise upsetting content. The Club has the final say in what counts as explicit. If your piece contains explicit content, you may still be able to submit it if you censor some of the content.
- Submit something you care about: The worst pieces are ones written with apathy. If you don't want to share your story and have it critiqued, just pick another piece. Your piece doesn't have to be exciting to everyone, but if it's important to you that's enough.
- Your work doesn't have to be "good": S.W.A.G. is a very non judgmental space, and we are all about constructive criticism. If your piece isn't finished, or isn't fully polished, or you're not quite confident in it, that's the perfect piece to submit!
- Keep submissions under four pages long: As much as we all love reading, we only have so much time to go over your submissions. A soft four page limit makes it easier to have a focused critique in a short time period. If your work is longer than four pages, try to pick an excerpt that you're really excited about or are having trouble with.
- Submit pieces in a printable file type: Usually this means .pdf or .docx. If you chose to write in another program make sure that every club member is going to be able to open and print your submission.
- Format papers for critique: Fancy fonts and creative formatting are fine, but remember that people are going to be leaving marks on your submission. Make sure that your font and font size are legible and that there is room to leave comments. Double spacing is preferred.
- Be available for the next meeting: Most submissions get reviewed the week after they are submitted, so make sure you can attend. Otherwise, you won't get anything out of the experience!