Name of author: _____________________ Story title: _____________________
Name of editor(s): ________________________________
Plot sequence – does it make sense? Is there a climax? Can you tell what type of plot sequence it is? Would this story be more effective with a different sequence i.e. non-linear, rising action, flashback, back story?
Setting – is it well developed? Is it used to provide any important information? Is it vivid enough to increase the credibility of the characters and/or action? Is it used as a connection to the story’s meaning? Should it be? Is it used to create mood and/or atmosphere?
Does the story flow? Is there a necessary amount of tension? Suspense?
Detail? What is lacking?
Does the story have an effective lead/narrative hook? Does it capture the reader right from the very beginning?
Does the story have an effective ending? Does the ending give the reader something to think about or connect the character’s story to that of the reader? Is the ending connected clearly to the beginning?
Is there a deeper meaning to this story? Does there need to be?
Grammatically: are there proper paragraph breaks? Is the punctuation correct? Is the dialogue punctuation correct?