Erik Klass

Erik Klass - Editor

Los Angeles, CA, USA

My specialty is helping writers get their work ready for publishing in literary journals. Years of expeience. Dozens of success stories.

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As a writer, I have published stories and essays in a variety of literary journals, including New England Review, Slippery Elm, Summerset Review, Maryland Literary Review, Yemassee, Open: Journal of Arts & Letters, and many others, and I have been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes.

As an editor, I have worked with dozens of professional writers, including Erin Rose Belair (Glimmer Train, Narrative, Greensboro Review), Dvora Rabino (The Lascaux Review, Best of the Net nominee), and Dominica Phetteplace (Zyzzyva, Copper Nickel, Ecotone, The Los Angeles Review, multiple Pushcart Prizes). Stories and essays I've edited have appeared in scores of literary journals, including Southern Indian Review, Good River Review, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Fiction on the Web, and many, many more (see Gallery below).

Over years of publishing my own and others' stories and essays, I've learned a few tricks:

First, your work must be grammatically impeccable and follow standard usage rules. There's too much competition, especially among the top publishers, to submit imperfect work.

Second, your story or essay needs to "work." Plot is important, of course, but I'm often more concerned with writing craft, character development, consistency of voice and tone, beauty of language, clarity of intent, and so on.

Third, if you're looking to submit your work to literary journals (or agents), we sometimes need to focus on topics that go beyond your actual writing, including bios, cover letters, query letters, and manuscript formatting. We also need to target the right journals. I've read and analyzed literally hundreds of literary journals, and I've created an algorithm that will ensure your work goes to the ones that best match your writing.

From the minutia of copy editing, to broader topics such as character, language, and voice, I will help take your writing to the next level. If you decide you’d like to submit your story or essay (or novel excerpt) to literary journals, I can help. And, of course, I'm happy to edit longer projects. I look forward to working with you!


"Erik brings kindness, wisdom and deep knowledge to the editing and submission process.” —Dominica Phetteplace (Pushcart Prize, Zyzzyva, Copper Nickel, Ecotone, and others)

"Erik was prompt, responsive, cordial, and a pleasure to work with. His comments and suggestions improved my essays and stories immensely. His copy-edits were impeccable. And he placed all three of my pieces [in literary journals] within three months. He totally knows his stuff!" —Dvora Wolff Rabino (The Ignatian Literary Magazine, Linden Avenue Literary Journal, The Lascaux Review, and others)

"Getting published in a literary journal was a lifelong dream of mine. After years of rejections, Erik helped me get there! The algorithm is particularly helpful, but the sensitive and thoughtful copy editing and comments made my stories better. I’m deeply thankful and urge writers to give him a try.” —Jane Van Cantfort (Fiction on the Web, and others)

English (US)
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
Short Story
Writing & Publishing


  • UCLA: Bachelor's of Engineering (minors in History and Music)
  • UCLA: Masters of Engineering (minor in Business)
  • Berklee College of Music: Degree in Music Performance

Work experience

Editor & Consultant

January, 2017 – Present (almost 6 years)

I've been working with writers for years as an editor and consultant. Everything from flash fiction to novels. My goal is help get their work ready to be published, especially in literary journals. I also help my clients target the journals that will likely accept their work. And the results are in: 66% of the stories I receive find a home in a literary journal.

Editor & Writing Coach

January, 2005 – Present (almost 18 years)

I've been working with students on college essays and SAT/ACT writing prompts for years. All the rules of good grammar and proper usage apply.

Erik has 18 reviews

Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Tony Covatta
Erik's work is marked by diligence, punctuality, perceptivity and a keen sense of where the story is going and whether that is where it should be headed. He has a great ear for good prose and a strong sense of logical connection and the need for it. On top of all that, he has a great sense of humor and knows how to impart advice without destroying the super sensitive ego of the would be ...
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Tony Covatta, October 2022

Erik Klass
Thank you, Tony! As you know, I love working with you. I'm truly grateful you found me. I look forward to continuing to read your work.

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Gaurav Bhalla
Professional and Productive interaction. Exactly as I wanted and expected. Wonderful experience.

Gaurav Bhalla, October 2022

Erik Klass
Thank you, Gaurav. A pleasure reading your work, and working with you.

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Joan Vanore
I've worked with Erik a number of times, and hope to continue. He's helpful and encouraging. A bonus: he has published many articles online explaining the finer points of grammar and style.

Joan Vanore, September 2022

Erik Klass
Thank you, Joan. It's always a pleasure working with you. Best of luck with the query letter!

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Nadine Perez Fox
Erik helped me fine-tune a short story before submission. He got the story back to me very quickly. The comments he provided were helpful, to the point, and instructive. I learned a lot from his critique and feel much better about submitting my story now that Erik has gone over it.

Nadine Perez Fox, September 2022

Erik Klass
Hi Nadine. Thanks for the kind review. It was truly a pleasure reading your story and working with you. Please stay in touch (and keep me posted on your success with this story).

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Judith Day
This is the second project Erik has worked on with me. I returned to him because he is professional and experienced, promptly responsive, challenging and very supportive. I greatly appreciate his work.

Judith Day, August 2022

Erik Klass
Thanks, Judith! It's always a great pleasure reading your work.

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