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Manuscript Critique:

Ben Barnhart

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Open to: Book-length fiction (short stories and novels); nonfiction; YA and middle-grade fiction

Limit: Please check on projects more than 100,000 words

What You’ll Submit:

Your completed or partially completed manuscript, a description & summary of the manuscript, and a brief (no more than 1 page) statement outlining your revision goals. 

What You’ll Get:

A line-edited manuscript, along with an editorial letter (2-page minimum for works up to 10,000 words; 5-page minimum for works up to 100,000 words). Line edits will focus on strengthening the manuscript on a sentence level. The editorial letter will outline strengths and weaknesses of the current manuscript, offer specific suggestions for a revision strategy, and recommend a publishing strategy for the revised work. This critique also includes a conversation (up to 1 hour) regarding the work, to be held in-person or over the phone.

Ben believes that the goal of an edit is to shape the existing potential of a writer’s work. This is achieved in close collaboration with the author, and may involve an initial conversation about the manuscript in order to clarify the writer’s vision for the work. Each writing project is unique, and so too is the revision process. Ben believes that working closely with the writer will lead to the strongest, most accomplished manuscript possible.

Loft manuscript critique consists of a flat base price, plus a per word fee. You can enter your word count below and the system will calculate your price. 
  • $250 (base price) + 2 cents/word


  • Up to 10,000 words: 1 week
  • Up to 50,000 words: 3 weeks
  • Up to 100,000 words: 6 weeks

Ben Barnhart Manuscript Critique

Class Level: Word

Base Price: $250.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 2 cents/word)

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Ben Barnhart was an editor for Milkweed Editions and Revolver. He’s worked with a wide range of authors, including David Rhodes, Gary Amdahl, A. LaFaye, Jessica Lee Anderson, Juliann Rich, and Jackie Lea Sommers. In addition to his editorial work, he also teaches through the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.

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Manuscript Critique Editors

Who do I work with? 

The best way to review what you'd get working with each editor is to review their specific page, but here is a summary of what each editor offers with general pricing. If you would like to contact an editor with specific questions before purchasing, email and we will forward your questions to them.

Prose: Fiction & Nonfiction
  • Ellen Akins: Fiction & Memoir Manuscript Coaching ($2,100)
  • Lesley Arimah: Short Stories ($300 + 5 cents/word)
  • Ben Barnhart: Fiction (short stories and novels); Nonfiction; YA and Middle-Grade Fiction ($250 + 2 cents/word)
  • Bruce Berglund: Short, Long, or Book-Length Nonfiction ($250 + 2 cents/word)
  • Patricia Weaver Francisco: Short and Long Prose, Fiction and Nonfiction ($300 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Erin Hart: Crime Fiction, Historical Fiction—Short or Novel-Length; Query Letters ($150 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Heather McPherson: Book-Length Creative Nonfiction (including memoir, family history, essay, literary journalism, etc.) ($250 + 1.25 cents/word)
  • Lyda Morehouse: Book-Length Science Fiction and Fantasy ($250 + $1.75 cents/word)
  • Lee Oglesby: Creative nonfiction essays and book-length manuscripts ($125 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Esther Porter: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction ($300 + 2.5 cents/word)
  • Kathryn Savage: MFA application personal statements, residency and fellowship personal statements, short fiction, flash fiction, and prose poems ($300 + 2 cents/word)
  • Sarah Stonich: Short, Long, or Novel-Length Fiction or Nonfiction ($300 + 1.75 cents/word) or Query Letters ($130)
  • Stanley Trollip: Crime Fiction—Short or Novel-Length ($100 + 1.75 cents/word) or Query Letters ($110)
Screen- and Playwriting
  • Cristina Pippa: Short or Feature-length Screenplays and Plays ($50 + $3.50/page); Screenplay Treatment ($210)
  • Sarah Stonich: Screenplay Critique ($400 + 3.75/page)
  • Kathryn Kysar: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $12.50/page), Marketing Plan ($560)
  • Jude Nutter: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $17.50/page)
Children's and Young Adult
Offerings for Teens