Manuscript Consultation

Working on a book of poetry? Meet with award-winning poet Robert Balun (recipient of the Teacher-Writer Award from the City College of New York MFA program) in his own home or via video conference for an intensive, one-on-one consultation to get the manuscript where it needs to go. Robert will discuss your manuscript in detail, speaking to the content, overall themes and shape of the work, and specific poems within it. He’ll provide you with written feedback on the manuscript as a whole and and local comments and edits as necessary; offer suggestions for revision and advice on potential publishers; and provide references to books and writers (and possibly artists and theorists as well) that seem relevant to the thought process behind the manuscript.

Sessions will be available during a four-week window from February 20 to March 19, 2020. Once your registration is accepted, you’ll work with Robert directly to schedule a time that works best. Prices are based on two different page ranges below, drawing on industry distinctions for different types of books:

1) 24–36 pgs (chapbook): $295 w/ 1-hr consultation
2) 48–100 pgs (full-length collection): $445 w/ 1.5-hr consultation

If you have a longer manuscript you’d like to submit, contact us and we can coordinate with Robert and try to work out a separate agreement.
Manuscript Consultation Details


Robert Balun teaches creative writing and literature at the City College of New York, where he received his MFA in 2014. His first collection of poems, Acid Western, will be published by the Operating System in 2020, and recent work has appeared in Powder Keg, Prelude, Barrow Street, Apogee and other places. He is a recipient of the Teacher-Writer Award, the Jerome Lowell Dejur Prize and a Sydney Jacoff Fellowship from CCNY, as well as scholarships from the Home School, the Garrison Institute and the CUNY School of Journalism.