Black Lawrence Press

Fiction Consultations with Erica Wright

During the month of November, Black Lawrence Press author Erica Wright is on board to critique fiction manuscripts; and she is accepting everything from flash fiction to novels. The fees and parameters for each of these categories is as follows:

  •     Flash fiction, (one piece) up to 2 pages in length, $25
  •     Short stories, (one story) up to 20 pages in length, $50
  •     Chapbooks, up to 40 pages in length, $195
  •     Novellas, up to 100 pages in length, $325
  •     Short story collections, up to 180 pages in length, $450
  •     Novels, up to 300 pages in length, $700

All manuscripts should be double spaced and formatted in 12-point font.

The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is November 30. Erica will complete her work and respond to all participants by December 31.

Space in this program is limited, so please be sure to submit your work soon!

Note: Please do not send manuscripts that promote hate speech, are intended to harass or bully a specific person or group of persons, or include glorified sexual violence.

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Statement of Purpose

In my favorite craft essay, “Writing Off the Subject,” Richard Hugo offers the following advice: “When you are writing, glance over your shoulder, and you’ll find there is no reader. Just you and the page. Feel lonely? Good.” And it’s thrilling, isn’t it, to be in that room by yourself, working on something that matters to you. You might find as the hours (and days and months) progress that new themes emerge, new characters and conflicts. Working on a novel’s first draft can feel a bit magical.
The process doesn’t end in that empty room, though. Eventually you’ll want to share your manuscript, which is why it can be helpful to work with another writer. Personally, I like the revision phase, and I hope that you can find some joy in this step, as well. Sometimes a fresh perspective is needed when trying to determine what’s missing from your story. Together we can tackle major elements such as pacing and plot. A few questions we might consider are:
  • Are those important first pages going to grab an agent’s or editor’s attention?
  • Are any scenes rushed? Do we need more details there?
  • Is the dialogue doing enough?
  • Is there a need for research? And if so, how do we incorporate that information naturally?
  • Is the ending satisfying? Is it fair to the readers and the characters?
I’m also happy to work with writers on their independently determined goals. If you think it’s time to open your door and let someone peek over your shoulder, I can help.

By Erica Wright

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Upcoming Consultations

Stay tuned! More great consultations programs are in the works for this fall and early winter.

Erica Wright

Erica Wright is the author of the poetry collections All the Bayou Stories End with Drowned (Black Lawrence Press, 2017) and Instructions for Killing the Jackal (Black Lawrence Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, New Orleans Review, and elsewhere. She is the poetry editor at Guernica Magazine as well as an editorial board member of Alice James Books. Her latest novel is The Granite Moth (Pegasus, 2015).

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