Spring 2015 Issue Now Available

Read three new short stories online or subscribe to the Premium Edition and get more features in print.

Short Stories

"Do You Hear What I'm Saying?" by Kori Waring
"The First Shampoo Hair Show" by Nii Ayikwei Parkes
"Stratis' Remington" by Paul Kennebeck


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+Short Stories: In print and handsomely designed
+What We Talk About: In-depth interviews with each author
+Poetry/Microfiction: Words that dazzle and dance on the page
+Hand-drawn Illustrations: Detailed and stunning
+Story Statshot: Surprising facts on each story's journey to publication
+Decline/Accept: We declined it; another publication accepted it
+One to Watch: Discover what's up and coming in the literary world



A one-year subscription to the Premium Edition includes 4 issues in print.

A one-year subscription to the Premium Edition includes 4 issues in print.

We accept short story and poetry/micro-fiction submissions via Submittable and by mail year-round.

We pay our contributors cash, promote their forthcoming publications on our blog and social media, and treat them like literary rockstars.

If we don't publish your story and someone else does, we'll add you to our ever-growing Decline/Accept list.

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open each year from April 1 - May 15 and offers $2000 in prizes.

Our guest judges have included the likes of Aimee Bender, Ben Fountain, and Christopher Castellani.

Many past winners cite the contest as a launching point for their writing career, going on to secure agents, publishing contracts, or starting their own lit mag.

Every short story published by Carve since 2007 (100+ stories and counting) is free to read online, because good honest fiction should never disappear into obscurity.

Our stories have earned notable recognition from the Pushcart Prize and twice won 1st in the Million Writers Award.

Each story is tagged with themes and craft elements so you can quickly discover other honest stories in our archives.