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"Anca is a careful, perceptive reader. Her comments on my story helped me move to the next draft and have influenced my other work." -Bernard Grant, writer, editor, and client See All

Anca Szilágyi $90/hr

Services Offered

  • One-on-One coaching sessions
  • Read Complete Manuscript
  • Read first 15 pages of manuscript and provide feedback

Available For

  • Book Reviews
  • Guidance in applying for awards/residencies
  • Guidance in submissions to magazines or publishers
  • Line-Editing/Copyediting
  • Literary Journalism
  • Marketing/Promotion
  • Novel
  • Preparing applications for College/MFA/etc.
  • Research
  • Short Fiction

"Anca is a careful, perceptive reader. Her comments on my story helped me move to the next draft and have influenced my other work." -Bernard Grant, writer, editor, and client

“I really enjoyed your class. It’s the most helpful one I’ve taken to date, and in large part because of the time you take for individual feedback. I also thought the story selection for readings was spot-on, and the exercises were fun and generative. I have a few new stories from those exercises that I’m excited to delve into further.” -Melissa Slager, Intro to Fiction: Writing the Short Story student

“Anca is incredibly knowledgeable and kind in her critiques. I learned a lot just reviewing stories with her and the class. This has directly affected my own writing.” -Writing with Visual Art student

"Really enjoyed the generative writing exercises! Prompts were interesting & other-worldly & got my creative juices flowing." -Contemporary Fairy Tales student

Anca L. Szilágyi’s fiction appears in Gastronomica, Fairy Tale Review, Washington City Paper, Cicada, and elsewhere. Her nonfiction appears in Electric Literature, The RumpusKirkus, Jewish in Seattle, and the Ploughshares blog. She is the recipient of the inaugural Artist Trust / Gar LaSalle Storyteller Award and has also received fellowships and awards from Made at Hugo House, Jack Straw Cultural Center, Vermont Studio Center, and 4Culture. Anca holds an MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Teachers College, Columbia University and an MFA in fiction writing from the University of Washington. She has taught at Pace University, University of Washington, the Living Room Workshops, and Richard Hugo House, as well as online at the Southern New Hampshire University MA program in English and Creative Writing. She also co-organizes The Furnace Reading Series at Hollow Earth Radio. The Stranger hailed Anca as one of the “fresh new faces in Seattle fiction.”


Working Style

For general manuscript feedback of any length, I include ample marginal comments. For developmental editing, I like to ask a lot of open-ended questions to help writers uncover narrative possibilities. Manuscript excerpts or short stories will get a one page end comment and book-length manuscripts two to three. Each can be followed up with a conversation in person, online, or on the phone. For line edits, I will include an end comment that summarizes how to improve writing at the sentence level. For coaching sessions, I can discuss the writing process and setting manageable goals, suggest exercises and give feedback on them, suggest reading material and opportunities that might be of interest to the student, how to apply for grants, residencies, and MFA programs, and how to give engaging public readings.


Monthly generally, and depending on the month / season, weekly. I am available in the summer. I can meet in person or online or correspond over email. I’m happy to meet with students for ten minutes for free to assess their needs.


Literary fiction, including fabulism / magical realism, fiction that looks outward to global issues (I read a lot of novels in translation), fiction that intersects with other arts (visual, performing, etc.), fiction in which place plays an important role. Book reviews and literary journalism. Preparing for public readings.