Critiques by Carve

We offer affordable critiques for prose and poetry, focusing on what works, what doesn't, and how to improve.

Thanks for the critique of my story. It was shortlisted for the Willesden Herald Short Story Competition and will be published in their anthology. The critique you gave me was extremely helpful in my revisions and the story wouldn’t have come this far without your advice.
— David Lewis


Prose critiques are up to 1 page single-spaced and written by a member of our resident reading committee. Resident members have read for Carve for a minimum of one year and shown exceptional commitment to providing thoughtful and constructive comments on our submissions. You may request a particular member if you've worked with them before.

Prose rate is 1.5¢ per word, with a $30 minimum (meaning if your story is fewer than 2000 words, the fee is $30). Max word count is 10,000.

You may only send one story at a time, with the exception of flash fiction under 1000 words, which you may send up to 3 at a time (you will receive one critique for all pieces). Expected turnaround time is 10 days from payment receipt.

For works longer than 10,000 words or if you desire a more in-depth editorial service (such as line-edits), we recommend Limpede Ink editorial services, a division of Carve Magazine.



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.

Poetry critiques are written by one of a rotating staff of editors, all of whom are accomplished poets themselves. You may request a particular editor if you've worked with them before.

Poetry rate is variable. No minimum or maximum page count. We will send you a quote after an initial evaluation of the manuscript. Expected turnaround time is variable, depending on length of work and the editor assigned, but typically is not more than 2-3 weeks.