There is no charge to submit a short story or poetry to CommuterLit.com. If, however, you would like feedback on your story, we urge you to take advantage of CommuterLit.com's Editorial Critique service.

Please note acceptance for online publication is not dependent on whether or not you have paid for an editorial critique.

Works up to 4,000 words in length will be posted on one day; works over 4,000 words will be serialized and run over a number of days. Length of episodes will be decided in consultation with the author.

As well as original, not-yet-published work, we also welcome excerpts from upcoming books or stories already published. Just let us know in your cover letter the publication details.


$ 85.00
This program is for those who would like to work with CommuterLit editor, Nancy Kay Clark, on one single short story in more depth and for an extended period of time. The service includes an initial two-page editorial critique, and two follow up critiques after rewrites, allowing you to work with Nancy to take your story from first to third (final) draft. Maximum word count per story draft is 4,000 words.
For a nominal fee of $50, you will receive a two-page critique on your prose manuscript. Sorry, we are not able to evaluate poetry at this time.

The critique will include comments on Theme, Voice & Tone, Plot/Narrative Arc, Pacing, Dialogue, Character Development, Readability and any Logic Problems within the text.

The fee includes all applicable taxes and covers the cost of the editor's time. Expect your critique to be emailed to you within three weeks.

Let us know in your cover letter whether or not you are also submitting your manuscript for online publication on CommuterLit.com.
For a nominal fee of $85, you will receive a two-page critique on your prose manuscript. Sorry, we are not able to evaluate poetry at this time.

The critique will include comments on Theme, Voice & Tone, Plot/Narrative Arc, Pacing, Dialogue, Character Development, Readability and any Logic Problems within the text.

The fee includes all applicable taxes and covers the cost of the editor's time. Expect your critique to be emailed to you within three weeks.

For a nominal fee of $145, you will receive a two-page critique on your prose manuscript. Sorry, we are not able to evaluate poetry at this time.

The critique will include comments on Theme, Voice & Tone, Plot/Narrative Arc, Pacing, Dialogue, Character Development, Readability and any Logic Problems within the text.

The fee includes all applicable taxes and covers the cost of the editor's time. Expect your critique to be emailed to you within three weeks.
$ 15.00
So, you're finished your story, and have gotten it evaluated, edited and proofread. Now you're contemplating getting in touch with a literary agent, literary magazine publisher or book publisher. You write a query letter — but will it catch the attention of these busy professionals? For a nominal fee of $15 (including all applicable taxes), CommuterLit editor Nancy Kay Clark will review the draft letter and get back to you with her critique within one week.