Carve Magazine Editing Services

We offer affordable editing services for prose (short stories, nonfiction, and novel excerpts) and poetry with a quick turnaround time of 10-14 days.

 

PROSE

TYPES OF EDITS

Developmental - $50
Receive a 1 page (single-spaced) critique focusing on overall storytelling elements such as structure, character development, plot, dialogue, POV, voice, and style.

Line-by-Line - $95
A developmental critique plus line edits and notes throughout the manuscript to highlight elements of the writing that are strong or need improvement. Corrections to grammar and punctuation will be made but are not the primary focus.

Word limit is 5000 words of a single work, for both types of edits. You cannot combine multiple stories, even if the cumulative word count is below 5000.

For manuscripts greater than 5000 words or for multiple pieces, fees are per word. Please contact the editor and attach your manuscript to receive a custom quote for developmental and line-by-line options.

For book-length works (greater than 12k words), we recommend Limpede Ink, which offers an extensive array of editorial services.

WHO'S EDITING?

Executive Editor of CarveMatthew Limpede. He served as Editor-in-Chief from 2007-2015, publishing over 100 new and emerging writers.

HOW TO SUBMIT

We use Submittable for prose submissions. Get started using the button below.

After Matthew provided excellent feedback that helped me polish my story, it was accepted into a journal for publication. Carve is a wonderful community that celebrates the art of creative writing and encourages the professional and artistic development of writers.
— Kem Ukwu
In the several years I’ve worked with Matthew, I’ve found him to be a perceptive and a careful reader. His critiques are invariably clear about what works in a story, what doesn’t work, and why. The suggestions he makes for improving a story are insightful. It’s obvious that Matthew cares deeply about good writing, and helping others achieve it.
— Robert Schladale
I just wanted to thank you again for all your help with my story. I feel I really learned how to edit. And now one of my other stories has just been posted by an online literary magazine!
— Clarke Doty

POETRY

TYPES OF EDITS

Line-by-line - $35 base + $12 per page, up to 15 pages
Receive up to 1 page (single-spaced) of feedback on entire manuscript focusing on poetic elements such as stanza and line-break structures, imagery and sound, and themes and style. Also includes line edits and notes throughout the manuscript to highlight elements of the writing that are strong or need improvement.

For more than 15 pages, please contact the editor and attach your manuscript to receive a custom quote.

For ongoing mentorship or comprehensive services, we recommend Limpede Ink, which offers an extensive array of editorial services.

WHO'S EDITING?

Poetry Editor of Carve, Ellie Francis Douglass. She served on the poetry reading committee for two years before becoming editor in 2016.

HOW TO SUBMIT

For all poetry manuscripts, you must contact us and attach your manuscript to receive an invoice and pay online. Your manuscript will then be forwarded to Ellie Francis and she will reply to you to confirm receipt.