Short Story Editing Services

Take your writing to the next level. 

Short Story Editing Services

Whether you are working on a short story collection, submitting to magazines, or applying for MFA programs, feedback is essential. The short story is a genre all its own. In our time together, we’ll develop character, interrogate the conflict, raise the stakes, and polish your opening to hook a reader.

My style of short story editing is rigorous but encouraging. My critiques include line edits and margin notes (especially in the front portion of each piece), an editorial letter, and a 1-hour in-person or phone meeting.

Short Story Editing Services include/issues we’ll address:

  • how to organically introduce and develop a character
  • how to hook a reader
  • how to hold on to that reader and get them invested in your world
  • how sentence rhythm, diction, and style works in relation to the content
  • how plot can bubble up organically from well-developed characters

As an editor, I have a keen eye and a sensitive ear. Sound matters. I am delighted when I get to help clients write sentences that shine, characters that feel true and relatable, and story arcs that flow.I won’t rewrite your work for you, but I will offer thoughtful comments and suggestions for revision. I am proud to have helped colleagues edit their award-winning books including Phil Klay’s Redeployment (winner of the National Book Award), Scott Cheshire’s High as the Horses’ Bridles, and Bill Cheng’s Southern Cross the Dog.

If appropriate, we can also talk about next steps: the publishing process, agents, query letters, and presses where your writing might fit.

Other editing services I offer:

If you have yet to complete your draft, check out our Coach for Writers, Nicole Criona.

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About the Editor: Carmiel Banasky

Carmiel BanaskyCarmiel Banasky is a writer, editor, and teacher from Portland, OR. Her first novel, The Suicide of Claire Bishop, was published in September 2015 (Dzanc Books) to highly positive reviews. Publishers Weekly called is “an intellectual tour de force and a moving reflection on the ways we try to save ourselves and others,” in a starred review. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, American Short Fiction, Slice, Guernica, PEN America, The Rumpus, and NPR, among other places. She earned her MFA from Hunter College, where she taught Undergraduate Creative Writing. She is the recipient of awards and fellowships from Bread Loaf, Ucross, Ragdale, Artist Trust, I-Park, VCCA, and other foundations.  She is represented by Donadio & Olson. Carmiel has helped edit award-winning books including Phil Klay’s Redeployment (winner of the National Book Award) and Scott Cheshire’s High as the Horses’ Bridles. After four years on the road at writing residencies, she now teaches at LA Writers Group and UCLA Extension. She is also a mentor for the PEN Emerging Voices Fellowship. Find out more at