Moorpark Review - Reviewing Criteria

All Criteria developed by the 2016 Moorpark Review staff

This criteria does not determine whether or not a work gets published and may be used as a reference

Fiction:
• Are the characters and story believable?
• Is there a distinct, effective voice?
• Does the author demonstrate understanding of the subject matter?
• Is the piece interesting/memorable/engaging?
• Does the piece maintain accuracy regarding grammar, mechanics, and spelling?
• Is the dialogue realistic, clear, and relevant to the story?
• Is the word choice effective?
• Show don’t tell

Poetry
• Is the word choice effective?
• Is the piece interesting/memorable/engaging?
• Does the author demonstrate purpose/control?
• Does the piece have an emotional impact on the reader?
• Is the imagery clear, vivid, and aptly used?
• Are the format and punctuation relevant to the piece?