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Rebecca Turkewitz is a writer and high school English teacher living in Portland, Maine. She is the author of the story collection Here in the Night (Black Lawrence Press), which was a finalist for the Maine Literary Award and named one of Debutiful’s Best Debuts of 2023. Her fiction and humor writing have appeared or are forthcoming in Best American Mystery and Suspense 2024, Alaska Quarterly Review, Electric Literature, Best Microfiction 2023 and 2024, The New Yorker’s Daily Shouts, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in fiction from The Ohio State University. 

Rebecca will provide detailed comments on your manuscript as well as a cover letter. After receiving these files, participants who submit chapbooks and full-length manuscripts may also book phone/video conferences with Rebecca at no additional charge.

Rebecca is accepting everything from flash fiction to novels for critique. The fees and parameters for each of these categories are as follows:

  • Flash fiction, up to 2 pages in length, $25
  • Short stories, up to 20 pages in length, $55
  • Chapbooks, up to 40 pages in length, $275
  • Novellas, up to 100 pages in length, $425
  • Short story collections, up to 180 pages in length, $550
  • Novels, up to 300 pages in length, $795

All manuscripts should be double spaced and formatted in 12-point font. The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is July 31. Rebecca will complete her work and respond to all participants by August 31.

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Rebecca Turketwitz's Statement of Purpose

In both my writing and reading, I’m drawn to worlds I can get lost in, characters who take risks, and work that surprises. I love fiction that challenges genre expectations and has a strong and distinctive voice. I’m compelled by the way point of view and perspective can change the shape of a narrative. I read widely and with varied tastes, but am especially passionate about literary horror, gothic fiction, crime fiction, literary fiction, and the uncanny. I am an avid reader of novels, and have a special place in my heart for short stories and flash fiction. 

When providing feedback, I first try to grasp the purpose and intentions of the project: What is the narrative trying to accomplish? What are its most compelling strengths? What is at the heart of the work? This way, I can begin to understand how to judge the work on its own terms, and help it become the best version of itself. I provide commentary on both the micro level (language, dialogue, description, syntax) and the macro level (structure, plot, character, atmosphere). I love seeing the possibility in a work-in-progress, and supporting writers in seeing these possibilities in their own work. 

My own fiction focuses on place and landscape, questions of identity, and the power of stories and storytelling. Some of my favorite authors are Shirley Jackson, Jesmyn Ward, Stephen Graham Jones, Louise Erdrich, ZZ Packer, Gwen Kirby, Dan Chaon, Alice Munro, and Victor LaValle. 

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