Black Lawrence Press

Novel Consultations with Jen Michalski

We are thrilled to have Jen Michalski on board to offer consultations on in-progress novel manuscripts!

Jen is a true fiction pro. Her debut novel The Tide King won our very own Big Moose Prize. She’s the author of a second novel and two collections of short fiction. With fiction in over 100 publications (Poets & Writers, failbetter, storySouth, Barrelhouse, PANK, Hobart, need we go on…) and as the founding editor of the weekly literary journal jmww, she’s a fiction maven who really knows her stuff.

Here’s the deal:

Manuscripts may be up to 300 pages in length. The text should be double spaced and formatted in 12 point font. The consulting fee is $700. The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is May 31 and Jen will respond with her critique by June 30. However, Jen can only take five novels under her wing this month. Be sure to submit your manuscript soon, because as soon as her queue is full, our consultation program for this month will be closed.

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Statement of Purpose

“There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.”
― W. Somerset Maugham

It often feels like that, doesn’t it? In my experience as a writer, however, readers respond to novels in three ways: they are drawn to plot, character, and the writing. In my consultations, I’ll discuss your manuscript with you in these three areas, as well as provide my general impressions in terms of tone and intent to make sure the novel you’re sending to agents and publishers most closely reflects your vision.

By Jen Michalski

Black Lawrence Press accepts submissions and payment of the entry fee exclusively through our online submission manager, Submittable. We are not able to accept submissions via email or postal mail.

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Upcoming Consultations

We’re planning some great consultations for 2017! Creative nonficiton with Abayomi Animashaun, fiction with Kelly Magee, poetry with Jessica Piazza and much more. Stay tuned for details!

Jen Michalski

Jen Michalski’s debut novel, The Tide King, won Black Lawrence Press’s Big Moose Prize in 2012. She has authored a collection of novellas, Could You Be With Her Now (Dzanc Books), two short story collections (From Here and Close Encounters), and an anthology of Baltimore writers, past and present (City Sages: Baltimore). She lives in Baltimore.

Michalski Author page