Critique Service

What is a critique?

The report will aim to provide the following:

Comment on narrative, characterisation, plot, pace, dialogue, style and manuscript faults along with suggestions as to how this may be remedied.

Please note that if you are looking for proofreading, this is a different service. Please see our Proofreading section for further details.


Creative Writing Ink provides a critique service for short stories, poems, books and scripts.

Our authors will read your work objectively and provide a full critical assessment of your manuscript. If you’re looking for proofreading and editing services, please click here.

If you are new to writing and if you haven’t previously taken a creative writing course, you may wish to check out our online creative writing courses, before you request a critique. These courses include: beginners creative writing courses, poetry courses, flash fiction and writing for children. If you’d still like a critique, you can find out more about the service and prices below.

If you’d like a critique, please email your manuscript to

(a) First Three Chapters Critique 

If you intend to submit your first three chapters to a publisher or agent, we recommend that you submit it for critique first.

We provide a critique service for the first three chapters, synopsis (1-2 pages) and cover letter to an agent/editor (4oo words).

First 5,000 words, synopsis and cover letter – €90
First 10,000 words, synopsis and cover letter – €150

(b) Poetry

Critique and editing of up to 4 poems: €50. Each poem can be up to 400 words.

(c) Short Story

Up to 5,000 words: €60

(d) Picture Book

Picture book text (up to 1,000 words) and cover letter to an agent/editor: €40

(e) Flash Fiction

Up to 300 words: €30

(f) For longer works, such as a novel, novella, short story collection, poetry collection, memoir and biography, we’d recommend a critique of an excerpt first. Often, a critique of an excerpt will identify issues which you can then apply to the rest of your manuscript.

If you’d still like a critique of the full manuscript or if you already have a critique of an excerpt, please send a synopsis of the entire manuscript (approx 300 words), a note of the total word count and a sample of the manuscript to We can then provide a custom quote. Please note that this will be a critique of the manuscript, not proofreading, which is a different service.

How do I pay?

Payment can be made with a credit card through PayPal or by cheque. We can forward you the payment details once we receive your manuscript. Payment is made in advance and on submission of a manuscript.

When will I receive the critique?

  • This depends on the length of your manuscript. We can provide an estimate when we provide a quote.
  • We are unable to provide a critique unless we receive the appropriate fee with the manuscript.
  • All correspondence and manuscripts will be treated with the strictest confidence.

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