Rachel Swirsky is available to critique poetry, flash fiction, short fiction, and novels of most genres. Her specialties are fantasy, science fiction, and mainstream fiction. She is willing to work in other areas.

She holds an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and graduated from the Clarion West Writers Workshop in 2005. Her work has been nominated for numerous awards, and twice won the Nebula Award.

Rates vary depending on the extent of work required. Contact Rachel Virginia Swirsky at gmail dot com to discuss the details of your project, or fill out the contact form.

For a faster response and more accurate rate quote and estimated turnaround time, please specify the size of the work and consider including a short excerpt (1-2 pages for a short story, up to a chapter for a novel) to give a clearer sense of where you are in the process.

Example Services Offered

  • Developmental editing.
  • Early or late draft critiquing.
  • Pre-submission polish.
  • Detailed line editing.
  • “Sensitivity” reading for queer, genderqueer, fat, mental health, and feminist issues.

Quotes from Clients

“I can’t recommend Rachel Swirsky as an editor enough. She did an incredible job with “Vile Jelly.” She gave incredibly thoughtful feedback on both the global and line level, & improved the story many times over from its original state. So if you have a story that needs an eye? HIRE HER. You won’t regret it.” –Monica Byrne, Tiptree Award-winning author of The Girl in the Road 

“Rachel Swirsky is simply the best editor I’ve ever worked with. She improved the “Hereville” books immeasurably, both with her sharp eye for story structure and character, and with her ear for dialog. I’d happily work with her again.” –Barry Deutsch, Eisner Award-nominated and Sydney Taylor Book Award-winning author of the Hereville trilogy

“Rachel helped me put the final polish on my novel submission. Her facility with words and sentences — their character, rhythm, and flow — is masterful.” –Jenn Reese, Norton Award-winning author of the Above World trilogy

“…by far the most clear and insightful critique I’ve ever received.” –Lizzie Andrews