Responding to Feedback

I’ve got my feedback – what next?

All writers, no matter how successful, need feedback. Although it might seem scary to send your work off to someone else to read, our team of expert volunteer readers are all on your side. Their role is to help you to make your writing as good as it can be.

Our readers will take the time to read and think about your writing really carefully, and give you some suggestions which they think will help make your piece even better.  There’s always something you might not spot by yourself, and a second pair of eyes can make all the difference!

What will my feedback include?

All feedback is personalised to the individual entry, so every piece is different. But here are some things our readers will try to help with:

  • corrections to grammar
  • improving word choice/phrasing
  • tips to help improve structure
  • suggestions to develop the content further
  • ideas for wider reading

What do I do once I’ve got my feedback?

So you’ve read your feedback – what next? Feedback can only ever be suggestions from another person, and there might be things you disagree with. That’s fine! There might be other things where you think, oh yeah, they’re right, I’d totally missed that spelling mistake – or I hadn’t noticed that sentence doesn’t quite make sense! That’s fine too. Our readers aren’t trying to catch you out, they’re here to help you to make your writing as polished and exciting as it can be for your final submission.

You can also always copy and paste your piece into a new document, so that you still have your original copy and then can try out the feedback suggestions on a new draft. Then you can compare the two and see what works best for you.

Take your time, try out the suggestions, and when you’re ready, make sure to submit your final draft by Friday 3rd June!