This service is for poetry manuscripts of 10-25 pages. (Visit the store for Chapbook and Full Length Book Edits for manuscripts over 25 pages). Comments and suggestions given on each poem, one page summary including view of overall theme, strengths and weaknesses of manuscript, poem order suggestions, cutting and adding poems, individual poem revision suggestions and possible presses to try.


Before purchase, please send three poems that are representative of your manuscirpt in a word document to 


If you have a very short collection of poems under 10 pages, query at the above address for custom order pricing.


Sarah Sousa has been a reader/ judge of poetry book contests with Kore Press, Perugia Press and Red Mountain Press and has offered private manuscript editing services for four years. She was the founding and managing editor of the mini lit mag Queen of Cups. Her poems have appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Fugue, Verse Daily, Tuesday; An Art Project, Barn Owl Review, Southern Poetry Review and Fourteen Hills, among others. She was the 2015 recipient of the Anne Halley Poetry Prize from The Massachusetts Review and a 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow. Her first collection Church of Needles, won the 2013 Red Mountain Prize and was published by Red Mountain Press in 2014; her second collection Split the Crow was published in 2015 by Parlor Press. Her third collection is forthcoming from CavanKerry Press in spring 2018. She is the editor and transcriber of The Diary of Esther Small, 1886 (Small Batch Books), winner of the New England Book Festival award for Regional Literature. She holds an MFA in poetry and literature from Bennington College.



Customer Testimonial:


“Thank you so much, I think this summary is some of the best money I’ve ever spent! I appreciate all your comments and revision suggestions.  They are extremely helpful and insightful to me.” Robin


“Your critique has blown my mind in an extremely positive way. I so appreciate your hard work.”Rheianna


“Thank you so very much. I went through the overall manuscript summary and your comments have been beyond helpful.” Ajay

Short Manuscript Poetry Critique/Edit

  • No refunds once service has been delivered

  • This service takes place through email exhchange. Format manuscript as Word document.