Black Lawrence Press

Mixed Genre / Hybrid Consultations with Paula Carter

During the month of September, Black Lawrence Press author Paula Carter is on board to critique mixed genre and hybrid manuscripts. She is accepting everything from short pieces (up to 2 pages) to full-length manuscripts (up to 200 pages). The fees and parameters for each of these categories is as follows:

• Short pieces, up to 2 pages in length, $15
• Medium piece, up to 10 pages in length, $30
• Long pieces, up to 20 pages in length, $45
• Extended pieces/chapbooks, up to 40 pages in length, $150
• Short manuscripts, up to 90 pages in length, $250
• Long manuscripts, up to 200 pages in length, $500

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

The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is September 30. Paula will complete her work and respond to all participants by October 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

I believe that stories have power and that by sharing our stories we can build empathy and understanding.  Regardless of the form these stories take – fiction, spoken word, poetry, images, or nonfiction – it is by communicating our experiences of what it is to be human that we can begin to connect and reveal truth. I am spellbound by narrative, but the use of language at the sentence level is what brings me back to a work again and again.

When working with writers, I find it is important to facilitate the development of the writer’s voice and vision. This means that I might know what I would do with a piece, but I don’t know what the writer would do. Therefore, my editing style is to ask lots of questions, note places where things are confusing and unclear, and offer suggestions for the writer to consider. The suggestion may not be the direction the piece is meant to go, but it will hopefully illuminate a challenge in the work that will nudge the writer towards a resolution.

I have worked both as a creative writing teacher as well as an editor of a magazine, so my approach is somewhere between giving something the time it needs to grow and getting something ready for publication.

I am fascinated by genre bending and blending. My work is categorized as creative nonfiction, but has a kinship with prose poetry. My book, No Relation, is a collection of flash memoir. Themes found in my work include gender, family, the Midwest, the environment, and science. Some of the books I’ve been spending time with recently include Citizen by Claudia Rankine, The Argonauts by Maggie Nelson, and Outline by Rachel Cusk.

By Paula Carter

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Paula Carter

Paula Carter’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in The Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, TriQuarterly, Salon, and Southern Humanities Review. She is a professional freelance writer who has contributed to publications including Writer’s Digest and Creative Nonfiction. Based in Chicago, she is part of the nonfiction storytelling scene and a company member with 2nd Story. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Indiana University, Bloomington, where she was the Darrell Burton Fellow in Creative Writing and fiction editor for the Indiana Review.

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