On Ordering a Manuscript: Trends, Tips, and Helpful Questions

The first two decades of the twenty-first century have shown as wide a variety of approaches in manuscript creation as they’ve shown methods of genre exploration, mixtures of inherited literary traditions, and combinations of subject matter. In the richness of those wide-ranging answers to the question of how to order a manuscript well, this panel will focus on practical questions writers can ask of their own work before submitting their manuscripts as well as the manners in which writers across genres have constructed manuscripts in recent years. Participants will discuss contemporary trends such as “project” books versus collections of individual pieces, the prompts they’ve given themselves and their authors to help develop their revisions, and their experiences as editors of books, chapbooks, anthologies, and more in ordering manuscripts.