Rae Bryant

Rae Bryant – Editor

Award-winning writer, editor and ghostwriter with 10 years experience in NYC markets: fiction, nonfiction, literary, magic realism and more.


I look forward to reading your words! I live in the DC Metro area and have worked and studied in New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Portland and Firenze. Versed in literary realism, magic realism, creative nonfiction and more, I'm experienced with a diversity of styles and voices and have had the honor of winning awards on both sides of publishing. With twenty-five years experience, I bring a unique literary background in writing and editing realism, speculative and the fusions that surprise and enthrall.

I am the author of the short story collection, The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals. Stories, essays, and poetry have appeared in print and online at North American Review, The Paris Review, The Missouri Review, McSweeney’s, DIAGRAM and more. My work has shortlisted and won prizes, scholarship and fellowships from Johns Hopkins, American University, Aspen Writers Foundation, VCCA, Whidbey Writers, Bartleby Snopes, CRAFT, Torch Prize and Curt Johnson Prizes. My work has been nominated for the Pen/Hemingway, Pen Emerging Writers, &NOW Award, Lorian Hemingway, and Pushcart. I earned an M.A. in Writing from Johns Hopkins and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from American University. I am an adjunct creative writing professor. My novel manuscript is represented by Jennifer Carlson with Dunow, Carlson and Lerner.

As a working writer, editor and teacher of craft, I offer to you experience on both sides of the writing, submissions and publishing processes. Together, we will focus on your authentic voice and unique craft approach as much the revision process, focuses that will identify your talents and develop your needs as a writer in service to your current and future manuscripts. We will consider craft guides and resources to add to your library. We will chat on the phone where you will take the lead and ask questions about manuscript edits, the query process, submissions process and more. It is deeply gratifying to share my words with the world, yes, but it is as deeply gratifying to support and mentor authentic and diverse voices with stories that must be told. It is what drives us as writers, the story, and it would be an honor to support yours. I look forward to talking with you about your writing project. All my best, Rae
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English (US)
  • Hugo Award, Editorial Staff
  • Torch Prize
  • Politics & Prose Review Pick of the Week, Review of George Saunders’ Tenth of December (Random House)
  • Curt Johnson Award
  • Bartleby Snopes Short Story Contest
  • M. A. in Writing, Johns Hopkins University, 2011
  • M.F.A in Writing, American University, 2019

Work experience

Johns Hopkins University

Sep, 2011 — Present

Creative writing professor for graduate and undergraduate writing students — fiction, creative nonfiction, new media, poetry and publishing. I also also working with young adult voices.

Patasola Press

Jun, 2011 — Present

Author of The Indefinite State of Imaginary Morals (Patasola Press, NYC), a short story collection nominated for the Pen Hemingway, Pushcart and more.

The Doctor T. J. Eckleburg Review, MMP

Feb, 2010 — Present

Eckleburg is literary and arts journal including original content from award-winning authors and poets — Rick Moody, Cris Mazza, Steve Almond, Stephen Dixon, Moira Egan, David Wagoner, actor/comedian, Zach Galifianakis, and more. "The most exciting and adventurous and gutsiest new magazine I’ve seen in years.” — Stephen Dixon. "Refreshing… edgy… classic… compelling." — Flavorwire. "Eclectic selection of work from both emerging and established writers….” The Washington Post.

American University

Jan, 2018 — Present

Creative writing professor for undergraduate writing students—fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry.

The Paris Review

May, 2014 — May, 2014 (less than a minute)

Freelance writer.

The Huffington Post

Jan, 2011 — Present

Freelance writer.

The Missouri Review

Jan, 2011 — Present

Freelance writer.


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Rae has 19 reviews





Brian D.

Brian D.

Nov, 2022

Rae is a fantastic editor and I could not be more thankful to have worked with her on my first novel! She really takes great care and attention to detail with her edits. She offers such valuable advice that will take your manuscript to the next level, without compromising the author's original intent/purpose. The workshops she offered were extremely insightful and this was a unique service offe...
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Rae B.
Thank you, Brian! Such a pleasure working with you and your novel. Please let me know if I can be of help in the future. All my best, Rae
Eliot C.

Eliot C.

Aug, 2022

I am extremely happy with Rae's services. She took the time to professionally read my 30,000 word manuscript, provide an outline, and give me feedback on each chapter or narrative summary. Since I work on my manuscript on a part-time basis, she accommodated my timeline despite my busy schedule. Her positive attitude jumpstarted areas of my manuscript where I thought lied dormant. The one ho...
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Jeniya M.

Jeniya M.

Aug, 2022

Rae is a wonderful editor and wonderful person. She was very considerate and understanding when working through a story, and even broke scenes up into passages and sections, kind of like a storyboard— even including workshop sessions to further work through the story. She understands that everyone's story has heart, and does an amazing job not only supporting the project but making it the best ...
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Rae B.
Thank you for your kind words, Jeniya. Such a pleasure working with you and your novella. I look forward to seeing your work out in the world. All my best, Rae
Charles P.

Charles P.

Jun, 2022

I've used Rae before and her insight, suggestions and appreciation of the fledgling writer's effort is both dependable and inspiring. She's a great developmental editor.
Rae B.
Thank you, Charles! Such a pleasure. I look forward to working with you and your words, again. All my best, Rae
Laurel O.

Laurel O.

Jun, 2022

I cannot recommend Rae enough. She gives thoughtful, honest feedback that breathes new life into my writing, without deviating from my style, intention, or voice. Rae worked with me to discover my potential, and to realize the full potential of my stories. Her suggestions for how revise and edit my work were seriously life changing - I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I mean it. I have an MFA i...
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Rae B.
Such an absolute pleasure working with you, Laurel! Your narratives are fun, smart and textured. I can't wait to work with you and your words, again. All my best, Rae

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