Manuscript Consultation

Working on a poetry or fiction manuscript? Meet with award-winning author Hala Alyan in her own home—or via video conference—for an intensive, one-on-one consultation to get the manuscript where it needs to go. Hala will discuss your manuscript in detail, speaking to the content and overall shape of the work and matters related to specific poems/stories/chapters within it. She’ll provide you with written feedback on the work as a whole and any local comments or edits as necessary, and offer suggestions for revision as well as advice on avenues you might explore for publication.

Sessions will be available during a three-week window from January 21 to February 9, 2019, based on the time needed to discuss your manuscript. Once your registration is accepted, you’ll work with Hala directly to schedule a time that works best. Prices are based on the three different page ranges below, drawing on industry distinctions for different types of books:

1) 18–36 pgs (chapbook): $195 w/ 1-hr consultation
2) 50–75 pgs (full-length collection or novella): $395 w/ 1.5-hr consultation
3) 150–250 pgs (novel): $695 w/ 2-hr consultation

If you have a longer manuscript you’d like to submit, let us know on the registration form and we can contact Hala and try to work out a separate agreement.
Manuscript Consultation Details


Hala Alyan is a Palestinian American writer and clinical psychologist. She is the author of Atrium (Three Rooms Press, 2012), winner of the 2013 Arab American Book Award in Poetry; Four Cities (Black Lawrence Press, 2015); Hijra (Southern Illinois University Press, 2016), winner of the 2015 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry; and The Twenty-Ninth Year, forthcoming from Mariner Books in 2019. Her debut novel, Salt Houses, was published to rave reviews by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2017 and won the 2018 Arab American Book Award in Fiction and the 2018 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Alyan has been awarded a number of fellowships, including Lannan and Yaddo residencies, and has led workshops at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center and the Lemon Tree House Residency in Italy. She lives in Brooklyn.