Short Story Editing and Proofreading Services

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Discover our network of dedicated short story editors. With a focus on various genres and styles, it is easy to find the right match to polish your story's unique voice and narrative.

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Elevate your story with perfect pacing and structure

Mastering Structure in Short Stories

Elevate your story with perfect pacing and structure

The essence of a compelling short story lies in its pacing and structure, tailored to its naturally brief format. Our professional editing service zeroes in on these aspects, ensuring your narrative not only captures but also retains reader interest, properly building tension towards an impactful conclusion. By attuning to your short story’s rhythm, we enhance narrative flow, making each scene integral to a unified and engaging plot.

Bringing depth to your short story's cast

Refining Character Development

Bringing depth to your short story's cast

Short stories demand characters that captivate and resonate with readers from the very first line. With limited opportunity for storytelling, we excel in crafting characters with depth, evolving motivations, and impactful transformations. Let us enrich your short story with characters who are effectively and efficiently explored, ensuring they are both complex and memorable.

Our editors understand your genre

Short Story Subject Experts

Our editors understand your genre

Find the ideal match for your short story with an editor experienced in your specific genre. Our service connects you with professionals knowledgeable about the styles, themes, and audience preferences unique to your narrative’s genre. Whether it’s romance, mystery, sci-fi, or any other genre, we provide insightful feedback and adjustments that enhance your story's core qualities. Experience editing that respects and refines your vision, ensuring your story stands out.

Direct engagement with your short story editor

Contact Your Editor Anytime

Direct engagement with your short story editor

Our short story editing service is built on collaboration, ensuring you stay connected with your editor for tailored feedback and creative exchanges. We provide direct messages and video conference consultations so that you can explore your narrative one-on-one with your editor, aligning it closely with your vision and goals. This partnership enhances your short story, maintaining its original voice while refining its clarity and impact.

Crafting a consistent voice that resonates

Tailoring Your Short Story's Language and Style

Crafting a consistent voice that resonates

Our professional editors will align your short story's language with the tone, style, and audience you are targeting. We focus on enriching vocabulary, fine-tuning sentence structure, and solidifying a narrative voice that not only engages but resonates. Let us help ensure your short story speaks clearly and compellingly, maintaining consistency and depth that captivates readers from start to finish.

How It Works

Have your short story edited in three steps

Find Your Editor

Browse profiles of accomplished editing professionals.

Upload Your Short Story

Send your files and provide any details regarding the project.

Download the Edited Version

Receive the edited short story before your requested due date.

Our Editor Marketplace

Choose your own short story editor

At ServiceScape, you have the freedom to choose your own short story editor from our carefully selected roster of experienced professionals.

Many of our short story editors:

  • Hold Ph.D. or Master's degrees
  • Offer decades of short story editing experience
  • Have hundreds of client ratings and reviews
  • Are experts across a wide range of genres
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4,698 Client Reviews
140,484 Pages Edited

Professor at Cincinnati State University


77 Client Reviews
2,623 Pages Edited

M.F.A. in Writing from Sarah Lawrence College


326 Client Reviews
10,019 Pages Edited

B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina


7,458 Client Reviews
276,781 Pages Edited

M.A. in TESOL Education from the University of North Carolina


105 Client Reviews
3,010 Pages Edited

M.A. in Linguistics from Northeastern Illinois University


2,269 Client Reviews
87,207 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in English from the University of Nebraska


185 Client Reviews
5,883 Pages Edited

M.A. in English from McMaster University


30 Client Reviews
847 Pages Edited

Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Hawaii

Our Testimonials and Experience

What we bring to the table

ServiceScape is built on 24 years worth of experience, working on over 341,000 projects with over 98,000 clients. Our short story editing and proofreading services are rated 4.9 out of 5 stars, based on 326 reviews collected over the last 5 years. Join the thousands of people who have chosen ServiceScape to find the best and brightest talent.

Overall Average Rating
126,166 Rated Projects
Alessia Moretti
Alessia MorettiGraduate Student

"My freelancer's attention to detail and commitment to quality exceeded my expectations. Every aspect of the project was handled with utmost professionalism."

Jasper van der Meer
Jasper van der MeerFaculty Member

"I was amazed by the promptness and efficiency of the person I hired. The project was completed well ahead of the deadline, without compromising on quality."

Emily Johnson
Emily JohnsonPublished Author

"The level of creativity and innovation in his approach was outstanding. He truly transformed my ideas into something extraordinary!"

Olivia Brown
Olivia BrownTeacher

"Exceptional service! The professional was incredibly responsive and attentive to all my requirements, making the entire process seamless and enjoyable."

Sarah Miller
Sarah MillerSenior Executive Publisher

"I highly recommend her services. The professionalism and expertise displayed by the freelancer were top-notch, and the results were simply superb."

Jean Kabila
Jean KabilaAttorney

"The quality of work delivered was impeccable. Every detail was carefully considered and executed to perfection. Absolutely thrilled with the service!"

Anke Verbeek
Anke VerbeekEntrepreneur

"Her ability to understand and adapt to my specific needs was remarkable. The final product was exactly what I was hoping for, and more."

Eduardo Ramirez
Eduardo RamirezData Analyst

"Prompt, professional, and passionate about her work. She went above and beyond to ensure the project's success."

Lukas Schmidt
Lukas SchmidtCulinary Director

"The service was outstanding from start to finish. Communication was clear and frequent, keeping me in the loop at every stage."

Jingwei Zhang
Jingwei ZhangProfessor

"Truly impressed by the quick turnaround time. This professional managed to deliver a high-quality result in a remarkably short period."

Aditi Verma
Aditi VermaMechanical Engineer

"His commitment is evident in his work. He made sure I was completely happy with the final outcome."

Felix Weber
Felix WeberProject Director

"A blend of professionalism, skill, and creativity. This individual brought a fresh perspective to the project that was both inspiring and effective."

Ryan Fletcher
Ryan FletcherTherapist

"The freelancer's expertise in his field is unmatched. He provided invaluable insights and suggestions that greatly enhanced the project."

Elif Deniz Yılmaz
Elif Deniz YılmazAssociate Professor

"I appreciated his attention to detail and dedication to delivering a product that not only met, but exceeded my expectations."

Irfan Hisham Kamarul
Irfan Hisham KamarulAssociate Professor

"Her approach to the project was both thorough and innovative. She managed to capture the essence of my vision perfectly. Thank you so much!"

Bram Visser
Bram VisserResearcher

"Remarkable service! The quality of work was consistently high, and her ability to meet tight deadlines was impressive."

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The ServiceScape Advantage

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When you choose ServiceScape for your editing project, we guarantee that the result will be high-quality writing that's 100% error-free, delivered on time every time.

Your Questions, Answered


What will be corrected?

At ServiceScape, our short story editing services are specially designed to refine and elevate your narrative, ensuring it captures and retains the reader's interest from start to finish. Here's how we tailor our approach to meet the specific needs of short story writing:

  • Structure and Pacing: Fine-tuning the story's progression and pacing, crucial for the brevity of short stories, to ensure a compelling build-up and satisfying climax.
  • Character Development: Deepening characters within the limited nature of a short story, enhancing arcs, motivations, and relationships to make them memorable.
  • Language and Style: Aligning the narrative's language with the intended tone, style, and audience, including vocabulary enhancement and sentence structure adjustments for a consistent, engaging voice.
  • Grammar and Syntax: Correcting grammatical, punctuation, and syntax errors to ensure the story is presented professionally, improving readability.
  • Feedback and Guidance: Offering constructive feedback and actionable suggestions to strengthen the story's impact and convey the author's vision more effectively.
  • Dialogue Refinement: Polishing dialogue to ensure it sounds natural, is character-specific, and effectively moves the story forward.
  • Genre-Specific Editing: Adapting edits to respect and innovate within genre conventions, applicable to fantasy, romance, horror, mystery, science fiction, etc.
  • Thematic Clarity: Clarifying and emphasizing the themes, making sure they resonate well within the short story format.
  • Narrative Voice Consistency: Ensuring the narrative voice remains consistent and engaging throughout the short story.
  • Manuscript Formatting for Submission: Preparing the short story's presentation, including layout and formatting, for submission to publishers or competitions.
  • Market Alignment and Appeal: Analyzing the short story's alignment with current market trends and reader preferences to boost its commercial potential.
  • Reader Engagement Strategies: Employing strategies to engage readers, ensuring their emotional investment from beginning to end.
  • Sensitivity Reading: Providing insights on cultural sensitivity, inclusivity, and representation to broaden the appeal of your story across diverse audiences.

Our dedicated team of editors, with extensive experience in short story and fiction landscapes, is committed to elevating your narrative to its highest potential.

Which publications have featured short stories from ServiceScape clients?

ServiceScape editors have played a pivotal role in the publication journey of numerous short story writers. Our clients have seen their stories featured in collections and publications across the globe, including:

  • The New Yorker
  • Granta
  • The Paris Review
  • McSweeney's
  • American Short Fiction
  • Ploughshares
  • The Kenyon Review
  • Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
  • Asimov's Science Fiction
  • Flash Fiction Online
  • Clarkesworld Magazine
  • Lightspeed Magazine
  • Apex Magazine
  • Uncanny Magazine
How do I hire an editor?

You can hire an editor by just browsing our marketplace of editors, clicking on the "View Profile" button of an editor you want to hire, and clicking on the "Hire Me" button. After your payment method has been processed, your editor will get to work and will deliver the edited version before your due date.

Where can I find price and due date information?

A list of prices and due dates can be found within each editor's profile. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button.

How fast can you edit my writing?

Our fastest delivery option is one hour using our Express Delivery service.

Can I have a free sample?

Sure! Many ServiceScape editors provide free samples. You can submit a free sample request by just browsing our marketplace of editors, clicking on the "View Profile" button of an editor you want to request a free sample from, and clicking on the "Free Sample" button. If the editor accepts your free sample request, you will receive the sample edited version within a couple of days.

How do I send a message to an editor?

You can send a message to an editor by just browsing our marketplace of editors, clicking on the "View Profile" button of an editor you want to contact, and clicking on the "Send Message" button. We will email you a notification as soon as your editor replies to your message.

How do I schedule a teleconference with an editor?

You can schedule a teleconference call by just browsing our marketplace of editors, clicking on the "View Profile" button of an editor you want to contact, and clicking on the "Teleconference" button. We will contact you right away about availability and set up the teleconference for all parties involved.

Where can I find ratings and reviews for editors?

You can find ratings and reviews from past clients within most editor profiles. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button to see them. You can also read thousands of ServiceScape ratings and reviews on eKomi.

In addition, ServiceScape has been featured in several publications and websites, including The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, UpWork, HuffPost, Indeed, and The Ladders.

Can I see examples of work the editors have done in the past?

Many editors have portfolios which feature their editing. Just find your editor and click on the "View Profile" button to view these edited versions.

Do you provide editing certifications?

Yes, we provide editing certifications. Simply request the document when you hire an editor. When your project is delivered, you can download the editing certification by clicking on your project and clicking on the "Certification" button. These signed declarations certify that a document has been professionally edited by a ServiceScape editor.

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