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Richard Santos


Richard Santos is a writer and teacher. He has an MA in Literature from Georgetown University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Texas State University. His first novel, Trust Me, is forthcoming from Arte Público Press. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, the StorySouth Million Writers Award, Dzanc Best of the Web, and he was an honorable mention in The University of Tulsa’s Katherine Anne Porter award. He has served as fiction editor for Front Porch and is joining American Short Fiction as an Assistant Editor. His writing can be found in The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, The Morning News, Kirkus Reviews, The San Antonio Express News, Nimrod, Cosmonauts Avenue, and many more. In a previous career he worked for some of the nation’s top political consultants, campaigns, and labor unions. He author electoral strategy guides used by the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic Governor’s Association, The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and other national organizations. He has written press releases, talking points, and speeches for presidential campaigns.


  • Fiction: Literary fiction; short stories; mystery/thrillers; historical fiction; action/adventure

  • Nonfiction: History, self-help, memoir, politics, and a wide variety of general-audience nonfiction topics


  • Manuscript critiques, developmental editing, content editing, first chapter critiques, writing coaching

“Richard provided a clear and thorough explanation of what was needed to improve my manuscript. The positive comments were such that I felt he understood what I was trying to do, and suggestions for improvement were spot on! I highly recommend Richard’s editing services.”

-Catherine C.

“If you are looking for an editor who is thorough, concise and insightful, I highly recommend Richard Santos.  His guidance has been of tremendous value. His comments go beyond punctuation and grammar to provide helpful guidelines for the entire writing project.  Richard has a kind, thoughtful approach and is timely on his delivery. I look forward to working with him more!”

-Lindy B.