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"Beta Readers" allowed? Really?

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Topic: "Beta Readers" allowed? Really?
Posted By: lockwood5
Subject: "Beta Readers" allowed? Really?
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2016 at 1:22pm
This is my first year in the Short Story Challenge, so I'm pretty green on how things go. I read the contest rules before registering, and up until joining this forum, I assumed that the only person allowed to work on the short stories before submission is the writer. Then, I logged into the "" rel="nofollow - SHARE SOME GOOD ADVICE FOR SSC2016! " thread in the "Creative Writing Corner" and I am seeing people talking about "beta readers." (I've always just called them critiquers, reviewers or editors, but anyway...)

Are other people allowed to read and provide contestant writers with constructive criticism for the purposes of revising their stories prior to contest submission?

I reviewed the contest rules a second time, and realized they don't seem to say anything about this, one way or the other.

If the answer is yes, I have two further questions.

Would it be within the rules for such a reviewer to provide grammar and spelling corrections in addition to recommendations about verbiage, story arc, etc.?

Is using an online critique community such as considered an acceptable way to find "beta readers" for this competition?

Thank you for your time clearing up my newbie confusion.


Posted By: NYC Midnight
Date Posted: 21 Jan 2016 at 10:09pm
Hi Juliet,
Since we allow teams of writers to participate on one entry, than it is acceptable to have others critique and review your work prior to submitting.  As long as the story is original, produced completely within the time frame of the competition, and follows the assigned elements, then it is fine to send out your story for critique wherever you like and implement changes based on that critique.

We hope this helps, good luck!

Next up is the" rel="nofollow - 250-word Microfiction Challenge 2020 kicking off Nov. 20th

Posted By: lockwood5
Date Posted: 22 Jan 2016 at 1:55pm
Wow, thanks for the info. Can't wait to get started :-D

Posted By: WriterByNight
Date Posted: 22 Jan 2016 at 3:31pm
Three cheers for beta readers! 

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