Short Story Critique: Lesley Arimah

Open to: Short stories

Limit: 8,000 words

What You’ll Submit:

A completed draft of a short story.

What You’ll Get:

Beyond simply improving the mechanics of your story, I am interested in improving the way you think about story telling and how you approach the page. You will receive a detailed audit of your short story with editorial suggestions down to the line level and the reasoning behind those suggestions so that you can understand where the call for changes go beyond cosmetics and into craft. You will receive an editorial letter that breaks the story down to it’s narrative and thematic parts so that we can see where it’s working and where it needs improvement. Suggestions will be concise, practical and actionable.

Pricing:

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.

  • $300 (base price) + 5 cents/word

Turnaround:

  • 3 weeks

Lesley Arimah Short Story Critique

Class Level: Word


Beyond simply improving the mechanics of your story, I am interested in improving the way you think about story telling and how you approach the page. You will receive a detailed audit of your short story with editorial suggestions down to the line level and the reasoning behind those suggestions so that you can understand where the call for changes go beyond cosmetics and into craft. You will receive an editorial letter that breaks the story down to it’s narrative and thematic parts so that we can see where it’s working and where it needs improvement. Suggestions will be concise, practical, and actionable.

Base Price: $300.00
Manuscript Critique (Base Price + 5 cents/word)

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Lesley Nneka Arimah is the author of What It Means When a Man Falls From the Sky, named one of the most anticipated books of the year by Buzzfeed, Time Magazine, Elle, the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe, the Millions, Nylon, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, and Electric Literature. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, GRANTA, and other publications and has received grants and awards from the Minnesota State Arts Board, MRAC, the Loft, The Elizabeth George Foundation and more.


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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 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Anitra Budd: Fiction and Nonfiction ($250 + 1.75 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)
  • Nicole Helget: Literary Fiction, Short Story collections, Historical Fiction, Genre Fiction (Western, Fantasy, Military, etc.), Literary Nonfiction, Essay collections, Memoir, Young Adult, and Middle Grade ($500 + 2.5 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)
  • 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 + 1.25 cents/word) or Query Letters ($105)
  • 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 + 3.50/page)
Poetry
  • Kathryn Kysar: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $12.50/page), Marketing Plan ($560)
  • Jude Nutter: Poetry Manuscripts ($100 + $17.50/page)
Children's and Young Adult
  • Molly Beth Griffin: Picture Books ($112)
  • Elizabeth Law: Middle Grade or Young Adult Novels ($500 + 2.5 cents/word)
  • Carrie Mesrobian: Young Adult Novels (contemporary/realistic) ($250 + 1.5 cents/word)
  • Kurtis Scaletta: Early Chapter Books (ages 7–10), Middle Grade Novels (ages 8–12) ($100 + 1.25 cents/word)
Offerings for Teens