Read this first:
1. Management reserves the right to open new threads for critiquing fiction. Do not open a new thread yourself. If this thread gets unwieldy, or you think there's some other good reason to open a new one, ask me.
2. This thread is not for self-promotion. It's for critiques and beta reading. The test for spammy self-promotion vs. real participation is whether you respond if I ask you to say something. Failure to respond gets that post moved elsewhere.
3. Swapping critiques only works if people critique others' stories as well as post their own. I'd prefer not to have to make that a rule and then enforce it, but if I have to I will, so why not start behaving well now and avoid the rush? Also, a useful fact: critiquing the work of others will teach you as much or more than having your own work critiqued. Scout's honor.
4. There is an arbitrary but strict limit of 1,000 words per post, 5,000 words per story, and one story per week. Word count shall be calculated by counting characters plus punctuation plus spaces, then dividing by six.
5. Novels may be posted piecemeal at the same rate.
6. If you have a short story that's longer than 5,000 words, and for some reason you can't post the rest of it next week, post 1,000 words here and tell your potential critiquers where to find the rest of it. Note that I regard this as suboptimal. I'd rather keep the critiques here, where we can all read and benefit from them.
7. Put your name, the title of the work, and whether it's a short story or part of a novel at the start of every post. If you've broken a story into several segments, you should also indicate this: 1/3, 2/3, 3/3, et cetera.