Poetry Critique:
Jude Nutter

Open to: Poetry

Limit: Please check on projects more than 80 pages

What You’ll Submit: Collections of poems from 20 pages to full manuscript of 80 pages 

What You’ll Get: In-depth, handwritten feedback on each poem. Feedback will focus on specific craft issues (line, syntax, image, pacing, white space, enjambment, sound, etc.) and how these might be consciously worked to embody/enhance the poem’s subject, tone, and emotion. You will also receive recommendations for further reading—both individual poets and books on craft/technique. After you receive your feedback, Jude will schedule a one-hour phone conference to walk through her written comments. As well as feedback on individual poems, the full manuscript review will include suggestions on ordering/sequencing of poems and a two-hour, in-person meeting for poets in the Twin Cities metro, or two hours of telephone and email conversation for poets outside the Twin Cities.

Submission coaching: Jude also offers 90-minute one-on-on-meetings for poets who would like guidance/suggestions on the submission process for poems and/or chapbooks. In order for Jude to get a sense of your style and so help you target publications/presses that might be good match for your work, you will need to send her up to 10 poems a week in advance of your meeting.

Loft poetry critique consists of a flat base price, plus a per page fee. You can enter your page count below and the system will calculate your price. 
  • $100 (base price) + $17.50/page

Jude will also coach you on submitting your poetry to publications that fit: $150


  • Up to 20 pages of poetry: 3 weeks
  • Up to 40 pages of poetry: 5 weeks
  • Up to 60 pages of poetry: 6 weeks
  • Full manuscript (up to 80 pages of poetry): 8 weeks

Jude Nutter Poetry Critique

Class Level: Page

• Regular: $100.00

Pricing: $100.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + $17.50/page)

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Jude Nutter Submission Coaching

Class Level: Hourly

• Regular: $150.00

Pricing: $150.00

Jude Nutter was born in North Yorkshire, England, and grew up near Hannover, in northern Germany. Her poems have appeared in numerous national and international journals and have received over 30 awards and grants. She is the author of three book-length collections, which have been awarded the Irish Listowel Prize, the Ernest Sandeen Prize, two Minnesota Book Awards, and ForeWord Review’s Poetry Book of the Year. In 2004-2005, she spent two months in Antarctica as part of the National Science Foundation’s Writers and Artists Program. Jude has worked at the Loft since 1998 as an onsite and online instructor, where she has taught youth, beginning, intermediate, and advanced classes, including advanced manuscript and workshopping classes. Through the Mentor Series and the Loft’s Foreword Program she has mentored a wide variety of poets, many of whom are now actively publishing individual poems and collections. She also works privately with beginning and advanced poets across the US. Learn more at judenutter.com

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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 manuscripts@loft.org 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