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Critter Notices

Critters is 23!

Yes, 23 years ago Critters was born. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you, who've made it such a resounding success!

Critters no longer accepting European Union members :(

It's with a heavy heart that I have to announce Critters can no longer accept people in the European Union as members. This is a result of the "GDPR" privacy laws going into effect. I'm a big fan of privacy, and applaud the general idea behind the GDPR, but the way it's implemented forces me to close the door to EU writers. [read more why...]

Books from Critters!

Check out Books by Critters for books by your fellow Critterfolk, as well as my list of recommended books for writers.

New Book from a Critter Member

**NOW IN PRINT EDITION TOO!** Awesome new book, HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR SPECULATIVE FICTION OPENINGS, from a Critter member whose unearthed a shard of The Secret to becoming a pro writer. Really good piece of work. "...if you're at all concerned about story openings, you'd be nuts not to read what Qualkinbush has to say." —Wil McCarthy, author of BLOOM and THE COLLAPSIUM

The Sigil Trilogy

If you're looking for an amazing, WOW! science fiction story, check out THE SIGIL TRILOGY. This is — literally — one of the best science fiction novels I've ever read.

P&E Has a New Caretaker!

I'm very happy to announce that P&E has been handed off to a new caretaker! Check out the site for news and such. Hurrah!


I'm being interviewed live on public radio for Critters 20th birthday. For those who want to listen, it's on the 10am (Mountain time) show on Thursday, 11/19/16, on Colorado Public Radio - has streaming on the site or it's 90.1 FM in the Denver area. [Interview is done, you can listen on the site]

Free Web Sites

Free web sites for authors (and others) are available at

ReAnimus Acquires Advent!

ReAnimus Press is pleased to announce the acquisition of the legendary Advent Publishers! Advent is now a subsidiary of ReAnimus Press, and we will continue to publish Advent's titles under the Advent name. Advent was founded in 1956 by Earl Kemp and others, and has published the likes of James Blish, Hal Clement, Robert Heinlein, Damon Knight, E.E. "Doc" Smith, and many others. Advent's high quality titles have won and been finalists for several Hugo Awards, such as The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction and Fantasy and Heinlein's Children. Watch this space for ebook and print editions of all of Advent's current titles!

Network speeding up

I'm switching the connection over to a new, shiny 10X faster network because of all the load. There might be bits of downtime as your boxes learn new addresses and things. Should be brief. Let me know of any prolonged outages you see.

Preditors & Editors Changeover

With the very sad passing of Dave Kuzminski, who ran P&E, I've taken over the P&E duties. Lots of what I hope are improvements; check it out at

Critters Server is Dying has been Replaced

See important details here in my blog. Let me know if you find anything that isn't working right. (Manuscripts are now available for this week, FYI.)

Book Recommendation

THE SIGIL TRILOGY: The universe is dying from within... "Great stuff... Really enjoyed it." — SFWA Grandmaster Michael Moorcock

Announcing ReAnimus Press

If you need help making ebooks from manuscripts or print copies—or finding great stuff to read—look no further! An ebook publisher started by your very own Critter Captain. (And with a 12% Affiliate program.) [More]








Internet SF/F/H Writing Workshops

Internet SF/F/H Writing Workshops

Here is a list of known electronic workshops on the Internet that handle SF/F/H. If you know of or run one you'd like to add, just email me the data for it.

Name: Critters Workshop
Cost: free URL:
Genres: SF/F/H
Established: 1995
Synopsis of membership requirements: Anyone can join, but to get your own work critiqued you must be in good standing with respect to # of critiques you've sent in. "Good standing" is doing roughly one critique a week. Voting SFFWA/HWA members (aka "professional SF/Horror writers") are only required to do one critique a month. Special provisions to handle novels quickly.
Number of members: 1000+
Max # members: none
Has pro writers among members: Yes
Ballpark time from submission of ms. to when it gets reviewed: 3-4 weeks (1 week for pro authors)
Ballpark number of critiques you'll receive: 15-20

Name: Online Writing Workshop
Cost: has a monthly fee
Genres: Horror
Established: 2001
Synopsis of membership requirements: Valid e-mail address, agreement with member terms
Number of members: 100+
Max # members: none
Has pro writers among members: Yes (see Hall of Fame page)
Ballpark time from submission of ms. to when it gets reviewed: 1-2 days for first review, 1-2 weeks for full complement of reviews
Ballpark number of critiques you'll receive: average is currently around 4, with almost all receiving 2 or more, and some receiving up to 20 (average word count of reviews ranges between 300 and 400 words)

Name: SFnovelist Writing Workshop
Email: See web site.
Genres: SF (hard science)
Established: 1997
Synopsis of membership requirements: Anyone can join for a free six-month trial period. After that, you must pay dues to continue membership. This helps ensure that only serious writers continue. Submissions are restricted to "hard science" SF novels. You must critique three times as many words as you wish to submit before you can submit.
Number of members: 40+
Max # members: none
Has pro writers among members: Yes
Ballpark time from submission of ms. to when it gets reviewed: a few days
Ballpark number of critiques you'll receive: 5

Name: Gotham Writers Workshop
Cost: has a fee
Genres: SF
Established: 1992
Description: Gotham Writers' Workshop, New York City's largest creative writing school, offers comprehensive writing classes in NYC and online at Classes include Science Fiction Writing Online, Also: Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Business, Screenwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, & more. 10-Week, One-Day classes in NYC and Online, for adults/teens. Call 212-WRITERS or visit

Name: Critique Circle
Genres: All
Established: October 2003
Synopsis of membership requirements: Anyone can join, but we work on a credit-system -- You earn credits by critiquing the works of others and spend credits when submitting your own work
Number of members: 40+(and growing rapidly)
Max # members: none
Has pro writers among members: Yes
Ballpark time from submission of ms. to when it gets reviewed: 2-4 weeks
Ballpark number of critiques you'll receive: 5-10

Name: Carnival of Wicked Writers
Cost: Free
Email: Contact Critter James Swingle at with any questions.
Genres: H
Established: 2004
Synopsis of membership requirements: Anyone can join. Members are expected to post a minimum of two critiques for every story they post.
Number of members: 50
Max # members: None
Has pro writers among members: Yes
Ballpark time from submission of ms. to when it gets reviewed: 1-3 days Ballpark number of critiques you'll receive: 3-6

Some on-line workshops for which I have less information:

There's one run on Orson Scott Card's Hatrack River site, but I have no experience with it.

Critter member Fraser Ronald runs a fantasy oriented workshop, The Fantasy Writers' Workshop.

Critter member Sigrún Erna Geirsdóttir runs a Critters-like workshop in Iceland (in Icelandic) at (rithringur means "writing circle").

The Algonkian Novel Workshops

Other Worlds Writers' Workshop,

Off-line SF/F/H workshops that I know about:
SFWA's list of workshops (online, in-person, etc.) is at:
Multi-genre workshops that I know about:


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