About the Seeking Sensitivity Reader category

This category is for writers seeking a sensitivity reader, which is defined as a fellow writer or experienced reader willing to read an entire manuscript and provide overview feedback in a specific area, whether it is cultural or having to do with identity or lived experience. This can be a short-term or long-term relationship, for one project or multiple. An interesting exploration of the sensitivity reader market can be found here.

DO NOTE THAT SOME WRITERS AND READERS OFFERING BETA READS MAY ELECT TO CHARGE FOR THEIR TIME. THIS IS AT THE BETA READER’S DISCRETION AND WE ENCOURAGE ANY FINANCIAL ARRANGEMENTS TO BE MADE AHEAD OF PROJECT SUBMISSION.

You are not obligated to engage in any financial relationship with a beta reader, and this relationship is not regulated by Crit Collective.

Remember, Crit Collective is a place to meet your writing partner, but we do not regulate the relationship. For more information, please check out our about post and FAQ.

Writers—As a general rule of thumb, for a successful seeking sensitivity reader post, please include:

  • Name or pen name
  • Audience or category of your writing (literary fiction, young adult, etc.)
  • Genre of your writing (fantasy, historical, etc.), if applicable
  • The specific sensitivity experience that you would like advice on
  • What you would like your partner to do (read a whole manuscript, read the first ten pages, etc.)
  • How quickly you would ideally like to work with your partner, and any time parameters you would like to put on the relationship
  • Your location, if applicable
  • Whether or not you are willing to pay for services
  • A short description of your project (500 words is a good starting point) or excerpt of your writing.

Sensitivity Readers—As a general rule of thumb, for a successful sensitivity reader services post, please include:

  • Name or pen name
  • Audience or category of your reading expertise (literary fiction, young adult, etc.)
  • Genre of your reading expertise (fantasy, historical, etc.), if applicable
  • What you are willing to read (excerpt, full manuscript, etc.)
  • The specific sensitivity experience that you can lend to a project
  • How quickly you would ideally like to work with your partner, and any time parameters you would like to put on the relationship
  • Your location, if applicable
  • Whether or not you want to be compensated for services
  • Any published or prominent projects that you’ve worked on

If you aren’t finding your writing partner yet, check out a professional Quick Crit.