It can be hard to know where to turn for guidance about how to write and edit a short story. It’s tricky accessing advice we know we can trust regarding how to polish our tales. That’s why we’ve decided to offer the Letter Review Short Story Editing Service.
Whether you want to bring your story to a high standard for your family and friends, you are seeking professional publication, or you’re interested in entering competitions, just let us know. We can give you a little guidance on approaching agents too, if that’s relevant.
Whatever your needs, we’re here to help. We’ve done this before.
We know it can be scary to share your work, so please trust that we are here to support you in a friendly, relaxed, and constructive way. We’ve been in your position.
Who Will Edit My Story?
Oliver Adams, founder of Letter Review, is currently editing submissions.
Oliver Adams is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing, casual academic, and guest lecturer at the University of New South Wales. Oliver has had short stories professionally published in leading literary journals such as Overland, Southerly, Seizure, and TEXT. He’s the Reviews Editor at Southerly, and has been a Fiction Reader / Editorial Assistant at Overland. He has had novels long listed for major awards such as the KYDUMA, has received government funding to produce plays from Create NSW and screenplays from Screen NSW, and has performed / produced his own writing at major theatrical venues such as the Sydney Opera House.
What Do I Get?
Every story receives one A4 page of editorial developmental notes which will address areas including character, dialogue, structure, pacing, tension, theme / thematic argument, and description. If there are any areas you would like feedback on, just let us know when you send us your story.
In addition to these notes, your story will receive a close copy / line / proof edit. Using track changes, we will offer suggestions in the areas of spelling, grammar, and syntax. Don’t worry, we’ll polish up your text and format it professionally.
How Much Does The Service Cost?
Our editing service costs $50 USD up to 1000 words, $75 USD up to 2000 words, and $100 USD up to 3000 words.
How Long Until My Story is Returned?
Within a month, usually before.
Which Genres of Story Are Eligible?
No restrictions. Professional stories come in all shapes and sizes. Literary, commercial, creative nonfiction, historical, autobiographical, and many other styles and genres. All welcome. If it’s something we haven’t seen before we’ll let you know, but this is unlikely.
How Do I Place An Order?
- Please submit your story as a word doc to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Include anything you’d like us to know about the work, and any areas you’d like us to focus on. If you have any specific questions please ask.
- Please pay using the secure PayPal portal below. Click where it says ‘Up to 1000 Words’ to access a drop down menu of the different price points.
- We will send you an email acknowledging receipt within a couple of weeks, and your story will be edited and returned shortly thereafter.