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CRAFT Editorial Feedback

Are you looking for feedback on a piece of short fiction? Whether you’re applying to workshops, residencies, or MFA programs, or polishing a piece to submit to lit mags or writing contests, or seeking notes for any reason, we are so pleased to offer editorial feedback on flash fiction and short stories up to 6,000 words.

We’ve carefully chosen a small team of qualified editors to provide critique. For each piece sent through our editorial feedback category, we will return to the writer line-level editorial notes, as well as a global letter discussing the strengths of the writing and the recommended focus for revision. While editorial feedback is inherently subjective, our criticism will always be actionable and encouraging.

We may decide to close this category in any given time period once we have reached our editors’ capacity to complete feedback in a timely manner. All work sent through our editorial feedback platform will also be considered for publication in CRAFT. Should we accept your story, the feedback fee will be refunded.

If you have questions about submissions, please send an email to: contact (at) craftliterary (dot) com


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Guidelines:

  • CRAFT Editorial Feedback is open to all fiction writers.
  • International submissions (written in English) are welcome.
  • Fiction only at this time.
  • Please send work in English only.
  • 6,000 word count maximum—short fiction only.
  • Please send .doc or .docx if you are able so that we can use track changes for margin notes.
  • Please double space and use 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Work that has received editorial feedback is not eligible for submission to CRAFT contests.
  • We strongly discourage simultaneous submissions in conjunction with editorial feedback: if your piece is already under review by our team and you withdraw it, we will not be able to offer a refund; if you withdraw your piece before we have begun feedback, we will be happy to let you substitute another story of equal length.

Cost:

  • Flash Fiction up to 1,000 Words (one flash piece or up to three microfiction pieces totaling fewer than 1,000 words): $59
  • Short Story 1,000 to 3,500 Words (one short story): $79
  • Short Story 3,500 to 6,000 Words (one short story): $99
Our rates are based on guidelines from the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Our Editorial Feedback Team:

MELISSA BENTON BARKER is the flash fiction section editor at CRAFT. A graduate of the MFA program at Antioch University Los Angeles, her writing appears in Longleaf Review, Moon City Review, Wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, and Best Small Fictions 2021. She has received Pushcart and Best of the Net nominations. She lives in Yellow Springs, Ohio.


ALYSE BURNSIDE is a writer and editor living in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, The Nation, The Believer, and elsewhere. She’s working on a book.


KYLE COCHRUN (he/him) is a writer living in Seattle, Washington. He is a contributing writer for PopMatters, where he writes features, interviews, and album reviews. His essays and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Akron AnthologyWatershed Review, Echo, and CRAFT. He received an MFA in creative writing from the Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts graduate program.


SUZANNE GROVE currently serves as the associate editor for CRAFT. Her fiction and poetry appear or are forthcoming in The Adirondack ReviewBarren MagazineThe Carolina QuarterlyNo TokensOkay DonkeyThe Penn ReviewPorter House ReviewRaleigh ReviewX-R-A-Y, No Contact, and elsewhere. She has also received honorable mention for her fiction appearing on Farrar, Straus & Giroux’s Work in Progress website.


KATELYN KEATING (she/her) was the editor in chief of CRAFT from 2018 to 2021 and now serves as editor at large. She was a 2017 fellow of the LA Review of Books Publishing Workshop and has been on their faculty since 2018, overseeing PubLab, leading the magazine track as a program manager, and serving as the publisher coordinator for LITLIT: The Little Literary Fair. She is a production manager with Berrett-Koehler Publishers, and was the production and operations manager at Prospect Park Books until it left California in 2021. Her essays appear in Crab Orchard ReviewFlywayLunch TicketTahoma Literary Review, and elsewhere. Katelyn has an MFA from Antioch University Los Angeles, where she worked for two years on Lunch Ticket, serving as editor in chief for issues 11 and 12. Twitter: @katelyn_keating


CLAIRE LOBENFELD is a writer with over a decade of editing experience and a degree in creative writing from The New School. She lives in Los Angeles with her partner and their cat.


VAL M. MATHEWS is a big-hearted, fun-loving editor at The Wild Rose Press, a small traditional publishing house in New York. She also teaches courses in editing for Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, and for the Editorial Freelancers Association in New York City. She earned an MA in Professional Writing from Kennesaw State University and a BFA from the University of Georgia. Fun fact about Val: She’s been an FAA-certified flight instructor for over twenty-five years, and in the past, she flew Lear jets for a living.


SAM RISAK is the section editor for interviews and essays at CRAFT as well as a reader/reviewer for TAB: The Journal in Poetry & Poetics. Currently based in Tampa, Florida, she received an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English at Chapman University. She has work published or forthcoming in Writer’s Digest, Literary Hub, AWP’s The Writer’s Chronicle, Terrain.org, Los Angeles Review of Books, Entropy, Barrelhouse, and Crab Orchard Review. Twitter: @sam_risak


AUSTIN ROSS’s fiction and essays have been or will soon be featured at Literary Hub, Hobart, Necessary FictionX-R-A-Y, and elsewhere. He is an alumni of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and has worked as a professional editor for the past seven years, working with both fiction and nonfiction and a wide variety of authors, editors, ghostwriters, and freelancers, including multiple New York Times bestsellers. He lives near Washington, DC, with his wife and children. Twitter: @AustinTRoss


VANDANA SEHRAWAT holds a creative writing MFA from Boston University, where she was also a teaching fellow, and an MA from the University of East Anglia, UK, where she was awarded the South Asian Bursary and her novel dissertation was shortlisted for the Curtis Brown Prize. Vandana’s fiction has appeared in Chicago Quarterly Review #32. She was a finalist for the recent Mslexia Novel Competition and the Iowa Review Short Story Award 2018, and longlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2020. She reads fiction for CRAFT. Twitter: @SehrawatVandana


DAVID K. SLAY completed a two-year program of short story writing workshops in the University of California, Los Angeles, Writers’ Program. His work can be found in a number of diverse literary journals, including Gold Man Review, Calliope, ImageOutWrite, wards, The Magnolia Review, Ginosko Literary Journal, and others. Nonfiction craft articles are in CRAFT and Submittable’s Content for Creatives. He has been a submissions reader for CRAFT since 2019 and has served as a guest editor for Vestal Review. He lives in Seal Beach, California.