How are stories reviewed and what is the criteria for approval?

Our group of volunteer ambassadors diligently read all submissions and apply the following guidelines to assess the stories submitted to Words for Charity.

We accept works between 1,500 and 10,000 words, but will use our discretion if your story is moderately shorter or longer than this.

The story is easily readable and accessible to a wide variety of audiences. The beginning grabs and keeps the reader's attention with interesting dialogue or action and flows naturally.

Descriptive words are used to tell when and where the story took place. Point of view (first or third person) is consistent throughout the story.

The main characters are well-developed, very interesting, and relatable. All characters are written to be complex and/or realistic. Specific narrative actions throughout the story develop the attitude and personality of the characters.

The story includes an exposition/introduction, rising action, conflict, climax, falling action, and resolution/conclusion. Events clearly and effectively build to the conclusion. Denouement sensibly resolves the events of the story.

The story is very well organized. One idea or scene follows another in a logical sequence with clear transitions. Well chosen transitions aid coherence.

The story contains many creative details and/or precise wording to describe characters and settings that contribute to the reader's enjoyment.

The story contains no errors in grammar, usage, or mechanics.