Creating an organization providing high-quality feedback for writers

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Each month, Pencilhouse will open a call for feedback submissions.  Pencilhouse patrons will get first crack at filling those slots before they open to the general public.  50 slots, 2 pages of poetry (up to 2 poems/hybrid) or up to 10 pages of double-spaced prose (one prose piece, Fiction or CNF).  We'll add additional calls as our capacity increases. Pencilhouse patrons will also get first access to regular (~monthly) video streams with members of the lit community—think Q&As, readings, and book talks. Patrons also get access to a private Discord server and will receive thanks in the next Zero Readers print edition; we hope to add more benefits and perks as Pencilhouse grows.

Includes Discord benefits
  • Patron-First feedback calls
  • Video Readings, Q&As, and Workshops
  • Patron thank you in next Zero Readers print edition
  • Private Discord server access




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About Pencilhouse

Writers thrive on feedback.  Sometimes that can be hard to come by.  Pencilhouse endeavors to provide writers high-quality feedback on their creative writing at low to no cost.  

In my own writing life, great feedback has always a chore to go out and get.  Writing groups I've been in over the years have almost always said that they're always on the lookout for even more feedback.  In editing my journal Zero Readers and offering full feedback for all of its submissions, I began to feel that an organization offering writing feedback would help to meet that demand.  Providing the feedback writers need stands at the center of what we're working to build into a larger nonprofit.  

Here's how our feedback program works: we'll make open calls for submissions, similar to how a literary journal might—with caps based on available workload.  As a Pencilhouse patron, you'll get first crack at those open calls.  We're starting at 50 submissions (up to 2 pages of poetry or 10 double-spaced pages of prose) and will adjust as team size and capacity allows, with monthly calls at minimum.  We'll read your work and write full feedback, including handwritten line notes—what you might expect to get in a workshop environment.  


Pencilhouse endeavors to help writers of all stripes, creeds, and classes engage the creative process and improve at their craft by providing low-to-no-cost feedback on their works in progress.

We do that by hosting regular open submission calls to our patrons and the public and working directly with writers and poets on their work through in-depth critique, notes, and discussion. Pencilhouse also runs the literary journal Zero Readers.

Who we are

Jason McGlone edits Zero Readers, a literary journal centered around providing all submitters full feedback on their work.  He received his MFA in Fiction Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2006 and earned a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Management at Northern Kentucky University's Public Administration program in 2018.  His work has either appeared or is forthcoming at X-R-A-Y Literary Magazine, Autofocus Lit, Briefly Zine, Glint Literary Journal, BS/WS Zine, and more.  

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