Zoetrope has a writer' group.
There's also thenextbigwriter.com.
The problem I run into with these sites though, is that there is no guarantee of critiques. I waited for ages to just get one, whereas here, I may wait awhile but I know one is coming as long as I've done my required 4.
Scribophile takes forever to deliver critiques as well! I found www.protaganize.com
Scribophile can be a really helpful resource (I've gotten some really detailed and insightful critiques there) but it's true that it is not fast. The other thing to keep in mind about it is that Scrib tends to require a pretty hefty time commitment. You have to earn karma points by reviewing other peoples' stuff before you can submit your own, and the pieces there are typically far longer then the submissions here.
That said, though. If you're patient and don't mind investing quite a bit of time into the site, you can get some very helpful feedback form Scribophile.
I have gotten some helpful and great feedback from Scribophile myself, unfortunately if you don't pay for the premium account they have so many restrictions I haven't really been able to explore it fully. I don't mind the longer writings, or having to critique to get my work viewed, I think that is fair, I just think they need to relook at the spotlights and what not for a better system. This is just my opinion of course!
Oh yeah, it's definitely fair and I didn't mean it as a bad thing! Just something you have to keep in mind if you're going to use Scribophile, that the site does require a pretty significant time commitment to get anything out of it.
It would be nice if the site was more "open" for free users, I agree - but, gotta keep those servers running, right? lol
Exactly! I appreciate why you have to pay, I'm just not sure if I'm ready to make that commitment. I like the site overall, I think it's a great resource and writers should check it out! It's hard to find legitimate sites that don't spam your e-mail and produce quality feedback. There have been a few sites, and to be nice I won't name them, that have been such a disappointment. Review Fuse is a fave and Scribophile is pretty awesome too!
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.