Work With Maggie



How do you make it out of the slush pile? How do you break through from finalist/semi-finalist to winning a book contest? 

Maggie offers manuscript editing & consultation for full-length manuscripts, chapbook-length manuscripts, and batches of individual poems. 

Maggie Smith’s books have won the Dorset Prize, the Benjamin Saltman Award, the 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Gold Medal in Poetry, the Dream Horse Press Chapbook Competition, the Wick Poetry Series Competition, and the Pudding House Chapbook Competition, and they have been named finalists or runners-up for the National Poetry Series, the Brittingham and Pollak Prizes, the New Issues Press Green Rose Prize, the Cleveland State Poetry Center Prize, and the Barnard Women Poets Prize, among others.

If you are gearing up for another round of book contest submissions or journal submissions and could use a fresh set of eyes on your work, Maggie would be happy to help. 

“…Maggie’s notes and insight led to the version of the manuscript I always dreamed of in my head but didn’t even realize was possible until she organized it. I sent that version out, and it won a manuscript contest within 8 months of our time together. I’ve told everyone I’ve crossed paths with how instrumental working with Maggie has been–she truly knows how to make your work sing its brightest song.”

— Carly Joy Miller

Book & Chapbook Manuscripts

In response to your full-length or chapbook-length manuscript, you will receive extensive, individualized, unbiased notes, including:

  • Detailed comments and line edits on individual poems
  • Feedback about structure and order of poems
  • Feedback and suggestions for titles (of the manuscript, any sections, and individual poems)
  • Evaluation of poems and their inclusion in the manuscript
  • Submission guidance about when and where to submit your manuscript
  • Optional manuscript discussion to be conducted via email, phone, or Zoom

“If you want your poems and your collection to be more fully realized, fiercely written, and lasting, Maggie is the editor for you.”

— Shann Ray

‣ Editorial Queries

Maggie Smith is not currently taking on editorial clients but expects to in 2024. Maggie will announce in her newsletter when she opens her books. Subscribe to receive those notifications.


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