If you’re here, that means you probably want to know how to drop your hot steamy submission into a Strange Birds feedback group. Each group runs in their own particular way that works for them, but most of them use our Submission Form system built on Google Apps.
Step 1. Submitting
You’ll get the link from your host about a week in advance with a deadline. All you have to do is submit your piece of work, along with a name and email address to the form. We accept .DOCX or Google Docs files. These deadlines are timed to give your peers space to read your piece and consider it properly before the session. Because of this, they’re not flexible.
Step 2. Commenting
When the clock strikes deadline o’clock and Cinderella turns into a pumpkin, you will receive your own personal copies of everyone else’s submissions in your inbox. All you have to do is open them up and use the comment function (remember to click the ‘Comment’ button) or type notes in Suggest Mode. When you’re done just close the document, it all autosaves.
NOTE: In terms of what kind of feedback you give, we have some advice in our guidelines. We recommend giving them a read-through.
Step 3. The Session
Some of our groups are in person, a bunch are on Zoom. On the night, in some random order we go through each piece. The writer reads a snippet of their submission to give us a sense of the voice and then we all chat about our feedback. This process is free-flowing and each group does this a little bit differently.
Step 4. Receiving written feedback
Soon after your session, your host will hit another button and that’ll send you everyone else’s copies of your story along with their notes. We delete content off of our server after six months so we recommend saving a copy of the document to your own filing system if you want to keep it permanently.