Okay, I think this is pretty cool. Often it is very hard to divine how publishers evaluate the stories they receive. One publisher I have interacted with–including having a story accepted by them–goes out of their way to explain their view of good, acceptable writing (here are comments on the problems of first-person narrators). This includes the page linked below, a description of their scoring thought process.
I’m looking at this page and what I see is a very good checklist for short fiction writing. I almost want to put it into a form and make it part of my own revision process. It would also be great for giving peer feedback. They cover all the basics, including character, plot, POV, etc. It is quite general, yes, but for the first revision I don’t think you need much more than that.
Bards and Sages Fiction Score Card
To help writers better understand how we rate stories and what we look for in a story, we are making available our score card. This score card is used to judge all fiction submissions sent to Bards and Sages, whether it is for the Quarterly, our annual writing contest, or special projects…READ MORE