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Is it a never-ending battle to get those pesky grammar issues tamed? Does the proper spelling of words elude you? Do you simply want to have another pair of eyes look over your text to see whether it actually makes sense? Look no further, for we are here to help.

The service is run by [Akayume] and [Linderel], the former of whom is a native English attemptee (and word maker-uper extraordinaire) and has a love for literature; the latter, while hailing from Finland, studies English philology and is known for her epic nitpicking skills.

What will the Service proofread?

We take anything and everything from poems to essays to novel drafts. We do, however, reserve the right to reject a submission. There is at least one type of text that will never be accepted: crew applications. As the proofreaders are both also members of the Elftown Council, they cannot help you with your application in such a direct manner. Another instance in which your text might be rejected is if you intend to enter it in an official Elftown competition. As Literature Judges, we should not see any entries before the judging if we have promised to partake in it. Anything else is heartily welcome.

We only ask that you submit your text reasonably early in relation to when you want it to be processed. If you are submitting a chaptered work, please place each chapter on a separate page so as to make our lives a little bit easier.

So how does this submitting thing work, then?

Put your text up on a wiki, then post a link here with some details as to what kind of thing it is you want us to look over.

Username: [Akayume]
Text link: Proofread Me!
Text length: 927 words
Text type: Fan Fiction
Day submitted: May 12
Urgency level: It would be great if this was done by the end of the month!
Additional notes: Here you can tell us whether there's something specific we should focus on: e.g. grammar, spelling, cohesion, etc.

Your text will be claimed by one of us. The proofreader will then create a new wikipage that has the editing done on it for you, and you can either copy+paste from there, or take what parts you'd like. Once you've been helped, your submission will be moved to Proofread Works.

How fast will you be?

This depends entirely on the type of text you submit, but someone will claim your submission within a day (allowing room for time zones, of course). The proofreader will then strive to be finished within a week. Naturally, if the stipulated deadline is sooner, that deadline will be adhered to.

Do take into account that the proofreaders have lives outside of Elftown. It would be appreciated if you did not submit things which need to be processed by the very next day.

If I ask you to proofread my work faster, will you?

If there arises an urgent need to have your work proofread faster, and you are very polite, we will see what we can do. If you decide, however, to pester to get what you want, we'll have to refuse you. Once again we do have lives that exist outside of this site, and there may be people before you who have waited patiently to have their work proofread.

Submit your text here in the format specified above.

Username: [Mortified Penguin]
Text link: Till Danderfluff
Text length: idunnolol
Text type: Fan Fiction
Day submitted: May 20
Urgency level: EXTREME, maybe even BLACKWATCH PLAID
Additional notes: Made in middle school. The structure definitely needs looking at.

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2011-05-20 [Chimes]: I know that our Uni tells us they have a scanning program which... some how compares loads of texts at the same time from le interet with our essays - whether it's true or not, I don't know. But it's better to be safe than sorry. Same with publishers, they're less likely to take on stuff that's been anywhere on the internet.

2011-05-20 [Lothuriel]: Perhaps an email addy offered up to those who do not wish their works to be posted online?

2011-05-20 [Mortified Penguin]: If they're anything like my school, their scanning program is called "Google".

2011-05-20 [Chimes]: Mebbe, Mort. :P Could be true.

2011-05-21 [Akayume]: It's all up to the submitter. :P That's their prerogative, not ours. I think it's silly to say, "Hey guys, we can only accept stuff you'll never need to use/want to use anywhere else!" because that's... Well, I'm sure you can see the flaw in that. (:

Not only that, but do you really think every professor checks every paper handed in everywhere on the internet? Prolly not. I would assume they only would if it wasn't in the student's voice/was suspiciously good. :P

We aren't re-writing works. Only proofreading. (:

2011-05-22 [Paul Doyle]: xD  There used to be a punctuation patrol squad, back in a primordial ET era.

2011-05-22 [Linderel]: That's a blank page you just linked to :O

2011-05-22 [Paul Doyle]: Time for the proofreading to commence! ^_~

2011-05-23 [Akayume]: Huzzah!

2011-05-23 [hanhepi]: great idea y'all!

2011-05-23 [Akayume]: Thank you. (:

2011-05-31 [Alexi Ice]: Bleh. I would really like my new Et prose submission proof read by someone. Are both of you judging this one?

2011-05-31 [Linderel]: I am, anyway. I'm not sure about Akay but I think she is as well.

2011-05-31 [Akayume]: I am indeed. :/ Soz. Otherwise I would do it for youuuu. <3

2011-05-31 [Alexi Ice]: No worries ^^ I might get [Thrice] to do it...or I might change my entry again. LOL. Not sure ^^

2011-05-31 [Akayume]: :D :D

2011-06-04 [Mystin]: Why treat this wiki like an official one? It's impolite to say that you won't look at something if it's not good enough. That is not what Elftown is about.

2011-06-04 [Akayume]: We never said we wouldn't look at something if it isn't good enough. o.o

The problem is that if someone's entering one of the official contests here on elftown, and wishes to have something proofread, at least for the contests running now Lin and I are helping to judge them (since we are some of the literature judges). We could not remain impartial if we new who wrote what piece. We're not supposed to know who wrote what. (:

Unless I'm confused, is that what you were implying after?

2011-06-04 [Mystin]: Oh I see, so if my nyctophobia is in an official contest, you can't look at it?

2011-06-04 [Akayume]: If it's for the prose contest or the limerick contest, I cannot. If it's for the limerick contest, I think Lin already entered that, so she could proofread, but both of us have already said we'd judge the next prose contest. (: It was a bit of a mistake on our part. Perhaps for future competitions we'll have one of us judge so the other can still proofread.

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