I've tried several, and keep coming back here because of the stability of getting reviews for a certain chapter within a reasonable amount of time. However, my other favorite is Authonomy.com, run by HarperCollins UK. You can agree with "friends" to do read swaps, and request them to do certain portions. The only drawback is that you have to have at least 10,000 words public. But it's addictive, and great fun!
I am curious as to how long it has typically taken to get your work reviewed on this site. I originally submitted a couple of pieces about 3 weeks ago and completed my assigned reviews a day or two later. I did try to find out if I had properly submitted them but the “contact us” feature has been completely non-responsive. So far I have only received one review back. Is this typical?
Not sure. I got one of my three reviews and its been five days. Hope its not typical.
The time varies. I've had instances where I received reviews immediately after submitting my first required one. At other times, I had to wait for upwards of two weeks to finally get one. It depends on who gets your work, do they want to be thorough or not, and how many active people are logging on really. I take solace in the fact that I at least KNOW I'll be getting reviews eventually.
I've only used the site
I've only used the site for two items about two years apart. Now as I finish up my finals and roll into summer break I'd love to work on multiple works. Could I upload three different pieces, do a dozen reviews, and spread out the nine reviews I could expect in return among my three works?
I always seem to get one review really fast, then the others take a week or two.
I find I get my reviews fairly quickly. The longest I have waited is about 5 days. I agree with the others, it depends on how actively people are logging in. I have never gotten a response from the contact us button, but I also noticed their last posting about a contest was in 2010. Something told me they weren't really monitoring much on here anymore....
I've used critiquecircle.com, they have a similar system, where you earn points through critiquing others' works. At that website, you get a certain amount of points based on how long the story you're critiquing is, and how long your critique is. You use points to post your own stories, and they sit in a queue for a week. I've never had anything NOT get critted, usually I end up with 5 or 6 by the end of the week.
If you sign up, they do give you credits to start out with, so you can post something right away.