Critique Circle is a great online group for peer reviewing. The majority of the reviewers really take the time to read and critique your stories. The reviewers offer good suggestions and advice, and have helped me to improve the short stories I have submitted in the past. The site is based on a point system, so you get a certain amount of points for each work you critique, and it costs you a certain number of credits for each story you submit. When you submit a story, you are almost guaranteed to have several people review it; I usually get about five reviews — well structured reviews — for each story. There’s also a “tit-for-tat” system, so you can keep track of who has critiqued your stories and whose stories you have critiqued.
This is my first time to submit to Writer’s Cafe. There is no point system here, but it would probably help you to review others’ writings if you want to receive critiques on your own stories. So far, I haven’t received any reviews on Writer’s Cafe, but I also haven’t had the time to review other people’s stories. Once I get around to that, I’m sure I’ll start receiving reviews back. I do like the layout and usability of Writer’s Cafe. It’s very easy to get around.
So once I receive some critiques back on my short story, and I have edited it one or two more times, I should be able to post another story to my site … finally. Look for something new to be up by the end of the month.