Poetry Critique:
Kathryn Kysar

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: Kathryn Kysar will help you discover, clarify, and hone your poetry. You’ll receive detailed page-by-page manuscript comments and a thoughtful letter that examines the larger concerns, issues, and themes in your manuscript. Kathryn can also present marketing, publication, and promotional ideas to help launch your writing into the world.

For shorter manuscripts, you’ll receive a 1–2 page assessment letter and a manuscript annotated with Microsoft Word’s Track Changes tool for notes about grammar, spelling, sentence structure and style, punctuation, and word choice. Kathryn’s in-depth comments will explore the scope and vision of the manuscript and detailed craft issues, such as line breaks, use of sound and image, and stanzas and structure. Longer manuscript evaluations will include a 3–5 page letter that examines themes, organization, presentation, and cohesiveness. As well as feedback on individual poems, the full manuscript review will include suggestions on ordering/sequencing of poems and an hour-long phone/Skype/Facetime follow-up call after you have had a chance to review the feedback. Marketing plan/suggestions for your next steps for revision and publication can be added onto the full manuscript response or purchased without the manuscript edit. This will include possible venues for publication; consideration of grants, agents, editors; potential target audiences; and ways to prepare for publication, such as building an online author platform.

Testimonial: “Kathryn brought detailed knowledge of the publishing process and the expectations of editors to her critique. She was insightful in her evaluation and provided clear direction. Together, we created a working manuscript that is organized and thematically tight.” —Laura Hansen, poet

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) + $16.50/page

Kathryn will also help you create a marketing plan: $560


  • Up to 20 pages of poetry: 2 weeks
  • Up to 40 pages of poetry: 4 weeks
  • Up to 60 pages of poetry: 6 weeks
  • Full manuscript (up to 80 pages of poetry): 8 weeks
  • Marketing assessment: 4 weeks

Kathryn Kysar Poetry Critique

Class Level: Page

• Regular: $100.00

Pricing: $100.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + $16.50/page)

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Kathryn Kysar Marketing Assessment

Class Level: Hourly

• Regular: $560.00

Pricing: $560.00

Kathryn Kysar is the author of two books of poetry, Dark Lake and Pretend the World, and she edited the anthology Riding Shotgun:  Women Write About Their Mothers.  She has received fellowships and residencies from the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Banfill-Locke Center for the Arts, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Oberholtzer Foundation. Her poems have been heard on A Writer’s Almanac and have appeared in anthologies such as To Sing Along the Way and Good Poems, American Places. Kysar has served on the board of directors for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) and  currently is on the board for Rain Taxi Review. She co-chairs the creative writing program at Anoka-Ramsey Community College and teaches creative writing classes at Hamline University and the Loft Literary Center. Her latest project was a collaborative CD of poetry from Pretend the World.

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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