Since I want to submit my short stories for publication, I’ve been looking for unbiased constructive criticism (aka concrit) on my stories. I tried out one site called Legendfire, and it didn’t work out that well. Everyone was nice. It’s just that it wasn’t very helpful. I think it is difficult to both give and receive concrit. Both people have to trust each other or else it doesn’t work very well. I don’t know, I may elaborate a bit more on that in the future. I joined another one recently, Critique Circle, and so far it’s been great. I just received helpful concrit from someone that clearly knows her stuff about writing. My name on there is “Bunny9” if anyone is curious, lol. Both sites won’t let you to see the stories unless you are a member. This prevents the internet from caching your work, so there is no trace of it on the internet. They do this so you can get help without taking away First Publication Rights, so you can still submit to literary magazines that prohibit online posting. At least this is my understanding of the situation. . .
What I like about Critique Circle is that you have to earn credits to post your stories. You earn credit by reviewing other stories, so it really motivates everyone to help their fellow writers. And there are some really good writers on there 🙂 Basically there is a story queue that starts every Wednesday. So if you submit your story on Sunday, you have to wait a few days till it gets displayed on the site. All stories are given a week in the story queue, and then it just appears on your profile so others can still read and critique. Unfortunately, you can’t edit your story after posting until after it has finished its time in the story queue. I uploaded my story on Sunday, and after I did I saw a glaring grammatical error. I am not allowed to edit it before or during the story queue, which is another week. If you buy a membership you can edit it anytime you want. There are other perks to membership, but you are allowed to post your stories and give and receive concrit for free 🙂 I believe you can post chapters of a novel as well. They require your name to help prevent plagiarism, but don’t display it anywhere on the site. Here’s the link if anyone is interested: http://www.critiquecircle.com/