Fiction Consultations with Jen Michalski

During the month of January, Black Lawrence Press author Jen Michalski is on board to critique fiction manuscripts. Jen is the author of three novels, three short story collections, and a couplet of novellas. Her last novel, You’ll Be Fine, was a 2021 Buzzfeed “Best Small Press Book,” a 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist, and was selected as one of the “Best Books We Read This Year” by the Independent Press Review. Her latest collection of short stories, The Company of Strangers, is available January 10, 2023 from Braddock Avenue Books. She’s the editor of the weekly online literary weekly jmww and currently lives in Southern California, although she will always be a Baltimore girl by heart.

Jen is accepting everything from flash fiction to novels. The fees and parameters for each of these categories is as follows:

  •     Flash fiction, up to 2 pages in length, $25
  •     Short stories, up to 20 pages in length, $55
  •     Chapbooks, up to 40 pages in length, $225
  •     Novellas, up to 100 pages in length, $350
  •     Short story collections, up to 180 pages in length, $475
  •     Novels, up to 300 pages in length, $725

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

The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is January 31. Jen will complete her work and respond to all participants by February 28.

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Fiction Consultations with Jen Michalski

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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 fiction 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 work you’re sending to agents and publishers most closely reflects your vision.

Jen Michalski

Jen Michalski is the author of three novels, three short story collections, and a couplet of novellas. Her last novel, You'll Be Fine, was a 2021 Buzzfeed "Best Small Press Book," a 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist, and was selected as one of the "Best Books We Read This Year" by the Independent Press Review. Her latest collection of short stories, The Company of Strangers, is available January 10, 2023 from Braddock Avenue Books. She's the editor of the weekly online literary weekly jmww and currently lives in Southern California, although she will always be a Baltimore girl by heart. Visit her at jenmichalski.com

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