Fiction Consultations with Beth Mayer

During the month of January, Black Lawrence Press author Beth Mayer 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, up to 2 pages in length, $25
  •     Short stories, 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 February 29. Beth will complete her work and respond to all participants by March 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.


Fiction Consultations with Beth Mayer

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Statement of Purpose

As a fiction consultant, I see my role as that of a curious and well-intentioned reader. My first job is to listen to you. With your insights to guide me, I aim to be honest, helpful, and kind in my critique. So, how do we get there? Writers who decide to work with me will be coachable and committed to revision as a process, understanding that our exchange will likely bring further work ahead. In your submission notes or at the top of your manuscript, please include a short background paragraph describing your goals for the piece; how “far along” the submitted draft is in your estimation; strengths and problems that you recognize; and what you seek to do in this round of revisions. After your background paragraph, please ask two authentic and open-ended questions about your piece to help focus my critique. And what can you expect to get back from me? Specifically, you won’t see line-edits or detailed revision notes on passages. Instead, I will do my best to address your questions. I will tell you what I see happening on the page; ask you some clarifying questions aimed toward further discovery; offer approaches you might consider, when appropriate; and (perhaps) recommend further reading that you may find instructive or inspiring.

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Beth Mayer

Beth Mayer’s fiction has appeared in The Threepenny ReviewThe Sun Magazine, and The Midway Review. Her stories have been anthologized in New Stories from the Midwest (Ohio University/Swallow Press) and American Fiction (New Rivers Press), and have been recognized by Best American Mystery Stories among “Other Distinguished Stories.” Beth’s collection was a finalist for the 2016 Orison Book Prize and the 2015 Many Voices Project. The Missouri Review’s 2016 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize in fiction named her a finalist and her work in Jet Fuel Review has been nominated for the 2017 Best of the Net. Beth holds an MFA from Hamline University, was a Loft Mentor Series Winner in Fiction for 2015-16, and coordinates the Creative Writing Certificate at Century College. She lives in Minneapolis/St. Paul with her family and impossibly loyal dog.

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How to Submit

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