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During the month of June, Black Lawrence Press author Joe Dornich is on board to critique fiction manuscripts. Joe Dornich is a graduate of Texas Tech’s creative writing program where he was the managing editor of Iron Horse Literary Review. His stories have won contests and fellowships from The Master’s Review, Carve Magazine, South Central MLA, Key West Literary Seminars, and the South Carolina Academy of Authors. Joe lives in Knoxville and teaches at the University of Tennessee.

Joe 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, $225
  • Novellas, up to 100 pages in length, $350
  • Short story collections, up to 180 pages in length, $475
  • Novels, up to 300 pages in length, $725

All manuscripts should be double spaced and formatted in 12-point font. The deadline to submit work for this consultation program is June 30. Joe will complete his work and respond to all participants by July 31.

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Joe's Statement of Purpose


The workshops I conduct with my graduate and undergraduate creative writing students are driven by intentionality, and my approach to manuscript consultations is no different. As such, you and I will have a virtual conversation - questions and follow-up questions - about the story you want to tell, why you want to tell it, what's happening on the sentence level, and also between the lines. We'll focus on pacing and plot points, characters and causality, to best convey the story you want to tell in your voice and style.    

While my feedback will be driven by your intentions, I'll also capitalize on my objective stance as a reader to see the unexplored potential of the piece. I'll use this duality - combining where the story can go/what it can do, with what you'd like to it ultimately become - to assist you in creating a stronger, tighter, and more realized draft.

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