Winning Writers has engaged Tracy Koretsky and Annie Mydla to provide expert private critiques of your poems, stories, and essays.

  • Tracy Koretsky's work has been widely published in literary magazines and has earned more than 50 prizes, including nominations for four Pushcarts and three Best of the Net. She has two books available, Ropeless, a novel about possibilities, and Even Before My Own Name, a memoir in poems.
  • Annie Mydla has evaluated thousands of books as a judge of our North Street Book Prize, with categories including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Her work has been published in The Yearbook of Joseph Conrad Studies, Avant Literary Journal, and in Polish translation in Tajemni wspólnicy: czytelnik, widz i tłumacz (Secret Sharers: Reader, Viewer and Translator). She is a regular contributor to the official publication of the Joseph Conrad Society of America, Joseph Conrad Today.

Please submit 1-3 poems up to 250 lines long in total or one self-contained work of prose up to 6,000 words long. By "self-contained", we mean a work that forms a coherent whole, such as one story or one essay, and is not an excerpt of a longer work like a novel. If you need a critique of a novel or memoir, in whole or part, we suggest ordering a book and manuscript critique instead.

It is acceptable to leave identifying information in your document. We will keep your submission private, and we will provide your critique for your personal use (i.e. please don't publish our critique without our permission).

Our goal is not to judge your work or provide an overall assessment. Instead, we offer a supportive critical eye to writers mid-project who want advice on making their next draft better. We'll highlight one or two qualities to focus on in revisions, with suggested techniques, methods, or exercises for improving those qualities. We'll also include in-line comments with quick fixes and new options, and questions that will help you view your piece in a fresh light. Our comments will be straightforward and specific to you.

You can expect at least 500 words in the thematic portion of our response; the in-line comments depend upon the work submitted. Here are sample critiques for your review: essay, short fiction, and poetry.

Please allow up to five weeks for us to complete your critique. After you receive it, you may submit one round of follow-up questions.

Price: $90. Your satisfaction is guaranteed. If our critique does not deliver value for you, you can request a prompt refund from

Please do not submit work that is under active consideration in a Winning Writers contest. Work submitted to past contests is acceptable after the results have been announced, and you may submit a work to one of our contests after it has been critiqued. If one of our judges encounters a contest entry that they feel they cannot judge without a perception of bias, they will recuse themselves from that entry.

Customers say:
"Tracy Koretsky knows her way around story like a tour guide knows the city. She's a kind teacher too. You can feel the smile in her words as she delights in what's working, gently pinpoints what's not, and then offers ways to make it all perfectly work." - Wendy Wahman, author & illustrator of Don't Lick the Dog, Nanny Paws, Old Pearl, and other animal-loving books for children
"As a writer, you can sometimes feel vulnerable in sharing your work with a stranger. Tracy quelled that sensitivity by providing a critique that was both insightful and encouraging. Her commentary was very detailed, practical, and professional. I really came away with sound advice and even more confidence in my writing." - Joseph Esposito
"This experience has been truly helpful. [Tracy's] suggestions refined and elevated the poem and I have been applying this critique to other pieces that I've written." - Nadidja Parker
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