Decline / Accept Listings

Rejection doesn't have to be the end of the line. These are listings of stories that Carve declined but were accepted elsewhere.  Congrats to the authors, and we commend their perseverance.


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Name Story Title Accepted Publication
Yun Wei The Sudden Apt Magazine (Aforementioned Productions)
P. Kearney Byrne At Susan Sontag's House Words on the Waves Anthology (1st prize)
Maria Brandt Flight Upstreet
Ian Prichard The Long Way Home Mulberry Fork Review
Ruth Lacey Altitude Sickness Litro Magazine
Jacob Richardson Her Body, His Money, Their Child With Painted Words
Jennifer Pruiett-Selby Forensics and You Hobart
Warwick Newnham Gr:easter Write Out Publishing
Rosanna Hendrix How to Play the Blues Yalobusha Review
Nicole Simonsen Nobody's Business Raleigh Review
Jennifer Hartenburg Kierkegaard’s Canary The Christian Century
Simone Martel Pinko Paula and the Preppy Plague The Tishman Review
Holly M. Wendt Elephant Graveyards Barrelhouse
Deborah Trowbridge Frigid decomP Literary Magazine
Max Talley The Devil is in the Details Two Cities Review
Bernard Grant Stone Talking Writing
Paul Negri Via Dolorosa Pif Magazine
Rob Yates The Merry King Bodega
Dusty Cooper The Small Reflection of Things Pleiades: R.M. Kinder Award for Realistic Fiction
Sherri Hoffman The Audrey Hepburn The Delmarva Review
Angie Walls The Life She Left Behind The Helix
Anneliese Schultz ROCKAWAY Stone Canoe Journal
Terence Thomas Mission 197 Kalkion
Katie Rogin This Guy We Used to Party With Died Intellectual Refuge
Sara Baker The Arrow of Time Confrontation Magazine
Sara Baker Mail-Order Bride Cleaver
Toni Ann Johnson Make a Space in the Life that We've Planned Hunger Mountain
Susan Romandia My Short Native Life Much
Warwick Newnham knocking the scabs off The Lifted Brow
Warwick Newnham aunty marys Casket of Fictional Delights
Warwick Newnham merry-fucken-crack-mass InShortPublishing
Warwick Newnham bris vegas magus Storgy
Richard Mirabella Mold One Teen Story
Johnny Newport I Blame Lolita Moth Magazine
Lou Gaglia The Over-Thirty League Rappahannock Review
Jon Fried Back to School Night Prick of the Spindle
Matt Denis Getting Free Kenyon Review Online
Christina Berchini Guilty Five2One Magazine
Philip Brunst The Outpatient Joyland
Christina Berchini Ctrl F Journal of Language & Literacy Education
Nathan Lauer Versus The Buffalo Almanack
Tyrese Coleman Prom Night The Stoneslide Corrective



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Name Story Title Accepted Publication
Norman Belanger The Virgin Mary Potluck Magazine Online
Ciahnan Darrell What Remains Rum Punch Press
Ian Phillips Dragunov's Last Performance Heater Magazine
Kim Winter Mako If There Is Anything You Can Do Cosmonauts Avenue
Julie Zuckerman The Book of Jeremiah Sixfold
Cindy Lam Bicycle Mused
Brandon Barrett Gerald's Last Ghost Story The Carolina Quarterly
Jean Ryan Odds and Ends Crack the Spine
Linda Morefield What You Wish For The Northern Virginia Review
Steve Passey All of the Words to All of the Songs Chicago Literati
Andrew Bertaina That Summer Whiskey Paper
Teresa Burns Gunther Where Are You, Really? Northwind Magazine
Chris Drabick Home Truth Midwestern Gothic
Jacqueline Doyle The Other Woman Confrontation
Jacqueline Doyle Heart Trouble Forge
Nathan Willis Invasions 99 Pine Street
Kathleen Balma Stopping Time Is Not as Useful as We Thought Fugue
Janelle Drumwright Biopsy the Day of the Boston Bombings Naugatuck River Review
Zack O'Neill A New Nomad SNReview
Andrew Bertaina I Still Love You From the Other Side of this Bottle of Whiskey Journal of Microliterature
Gerri Brightwell The Joke Copper Nickel
William Locke Hauser The Frog in the Window Rosebud Magazine
Timothy Kasen The Long Burn Wisconsin Review
Jacob Richardson Her Body, His Money, Their Child Through the Gaps
Hannah Thurman Around the World in 365 Days Yalobusha Review
Anthony Mohr Marque and Reprisal Connotation Press
Cady Vishniac A Tzadikah Goes on the Lam New Letters
Doug Lambdin Under, Qualified Smile, Hon, You're in Baltimore!
Bonnie West Sunrise, Banana, Chair Mused Bella
Toby Hecht Going Without The MacGuffin
C. Gregory Thompson King of Kings Printers Row Journal
Jennifer Hartenburg Kierkegaard's Canary The Christian Century
Richard Farrell Sidewinder Valley Newfound
Ilana Masad Picked Up and Happened The Butter
Ihab Hassan The Tiger Shenandoah
Rachel Anne Cantor Barefoot Mile The Sandy River Review
Rhuar Dean Reverse Solicitation Open Pen
Daniel Brauer Doll Love Jabberwock Review
Arturo Desimone The Conversation of Angels The Apeiron Review
Kirie Pedersen Vegetables Agave Magazine
Erica Verrillo The Man Who Lost Everything Crab Creek Review
Shaun Turner The Vine Dynamic Flyleaf Journal
Jeremy John Parker Punchline Number Nine decomP magazinE
Judy Brackett Slow Dancing Bird's Thumb
Kerry Donoghue Climate Change Harpur Palate
John Mauk The Full Horizon Black Lawrence Press
Lis Anna-Langston The Feeling The Merrimack Review
Michael Caleb Tasker Enough for a Stranger The Potomac Review
Tom Andes A Quality of Mercy Blue Earth Review
Tim Cooke The Blue Harbour The Lampeter Review
Tom Cantwell Smoke New Ohio Review
Mary Breaden Bobby Douglas The Mondegreen
Nichole LeFebvre Aberrations, Anomalies Necessary Fiction
Joshua Jones Clearing the Backyard Coup d'Etat
Lynsey Morandin Losing Sight That Lit Site
Ryan Napier Montreal Bartleby Snopes
Carol Wobig A Talent for Ironing Done Darkness
Dennis Milam Bensie Peach Polyester Pantsuit Short Fiction Break
Ursula Mallows In Lieu of Small Talk Bridport Prize Flash Fiction Anthology 2014
Yoann Re A Zebra in Piccadilly Circus eFiction India
Jennifer Schomburg Kanke Either You're In or You're Out Curbside Splendor E-Zine
Falcon Miller Someone in the Room Will The Rag
Toby Hecht Going Without The MacGuffin
Robyn Ryle Far From Home Bartleby Snopes
Joseph Eastburn An Accident of Beauty Sand Hill Review
David William Hill Les Boules de Hong Kong Chicago Quarterly Review
William Derks Adult Ed. Tinge Magazine
Ed Cheney Suspect Kindle Singles
Christian Linville To Remember Not Corium Magazine

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Name Story Title Accepted Publication
Mel Wells A Missionary Position Salamander Magazine
Ryan Dempsey Animals Almost 5Q
Lauren Mead Courtship and the Art of Retaliation The Danforth Review
Stephanie Austin Flow Eclectica Magazine
Michael Caleb Tasker Some Kind of Heaven The Georgetown Review
Dominic Laing Filthy Animals Diverse Arts Project
Priscilla Mainardi The End of Shiny Blood and Thunder: Musings on the Art of Medicine
Matthew Di Paoli Seven Deer Tails Poydras Review
Gary Lemus Woody Allen Raped My Hamster Esquire Magazine
R Benedito Ferrao Curator of Cans Tambdi Mati
Chris Connolly Subterranean Number Eleven Magazine
Lynn Levin Monkey Island YARN: Young Adult Review Network
Jonathan Papernick The Price of Admission Post Road Magazine
BJ Fischer The True Story of Valley Forge Fries Blue Lake Review
Lee Morgan The RunAway The Foliate Oak Literary Magazine
Lucas Loredo No Detours Southwest Review
Mark Wagstaff My Old School Tethered by Letters
Christopher Bell 3 Day Weekend Broadkill Review
Cristina Del Canto Green Trails Days Loch Raven Review
Ihab Hassan Charadea Fiction International
Ihab Hassan The Gratitude of Strangers Alaska Quarterly Review
Kim Fehr The Remarkable Baobab The Fieldstone Review, USask
Lynn Levin A Visit to the Old House Rathalla Review
Jane McAdams Drowning Perceptions Literary Magazine
Rayne Debski The Weight of Air mslexia
Will Adam Powers of Persuasion Eclipse
Glenn Deutsch Little Guy Confrontation
Gotham Mamik Worship Papercuts
Gotham Mamik Immigrant Hack Writers
Rebecca Dimyan Half Life L'Allure des Mots
Kate Scarpetta Making a Point in a L-Triangle Five Quarterly
Timothy Caldwell Time and Again Ginosko Literary Journal
T L Sherwood Standing with Stair Legs Page & Spine
Ciahnan Darrell Normal, Iowa Ishaan Literary Review
Robyn Ryle Far from Home Barleby Snopes
Simon A Smith Lord of the Manor Tincture Journal
William Masters Choreography eFiction
Rachael Ratliff Rituals of Lonely Men Driftwood Press
Chris Drabick The Asian Longhorned Beetle Great Lakes Review
Lisa Alexander The Hill of Invisible Foxes Meridian
Lisa Alexander That Magic Box Prick of the Spindle
Ray Morrison What Courage Looks Like StorySouth
Becky Browder The Russian Bride Big Muddy
Michael Martin Ilsa, Ilke, Costas and Pie Braddock Avenue Books
Michael Martin Made Just for Ewe Braddock Avenue Books
Courtney Sender We Can Practice Starts Michigan Quarterly Review
Stefanie Freele Mercy Camas - The Nature Of The West
Becky Browder The Russian Bride Big Muddy
Adrian Levet Planet Four Fourteen NarratorINTERNATIONAL
Liz Windhorst Harmer Where Anyone is Going The Dalhousie Review
Anisa Irwin Tomorrow is a New Day Every Day Fictioin
Toby Hecht Going Without The MacGuffin
William Adam Powers of Persuasion Eclipse
Debbie Urbanski Settlement Massachusetts Review
Lawrence Farrar A Good Steward Tampa Review Online
Lawrence Farrar Roundup in Tokyo Curbside Splendor E-Zine
Lawrence Farrar Mourners Bryant Literary Review
Adrian Levet The Pines NarratorINTERNATIONAL
Christian Linville To Remember Not Corium Magazine
Cathy Herbert Denny's Girl Kelsey Review
Heidi James The Sun Trap Penny Shorts
Philicia Montgomery The Closet Crab Fat Magazine
Mollie McNeil The Red Box Blue Lake Review
Raymond Belli Employee of the Month Potluck Magazine
Polly Buckingham Void of Course Void of Course


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Name Story Title Accepted Publication
James Armstrong Fair 34th Parallel
Molly Laich Make Do Corium Magazine
Bobby Fox The Great Escape Enhance Magazine
Barbara Yost Mrs. Wintergreen at the Arcadia Motel ROAR magazine
Jon Kolb Mac and Betsy ShangriLa Shack Literary Journal
John Gorman El Mariachi The Summerset Review
Martin Dodd Cold Turkey Homestead Review
Pamela Dreizen A More Forgiving Light New Plains Review
Ray Shea The Drought Connotation Press
Josh Medsker Boys Verbicide
Valentine Bonnaire The Beautiful Kind Erotica Readers & Writers Association
Elinor Davis A Posthumous Son The Missing Slate
Robin Underdahl The Fun of It Columbia: A Journal of Literature and Art
Robin Underdahl The Overlook Coachella Review
Robin Underdahl Visitation Short Story
Robin Underdahl Violet and Boaz Dark Sky
William Luvaas Fy-bitteen Ashes Rain Down: A Story Cycle
William Luvaas The Art of Forgetting The Write Room
William Luvaas Fever Saranac Review
William Luvaas A Crack in the Pavement Essays and Fictions Journal
Carl Oprey Mahoney Little Episodes
Hilary Zaid The Neighbors BLOOM
Raul Palma Obsolescence Saw Palm
Margaret Eaton If I Had a Hammer Apt, A Literary Magazine
Lori De La Cruz Candy Girl The Story Shack
Gotham Mamik Roy Spokes
Laura Spielvogel Sabishii Sofa Anthropology and Humanism
Kristin FitzPatrick Center of Population Necessary Fiction
DA Dement State of Confusion Imitationfruit
Monica Macansantos Stopover Five Quarterly
Jamie Amos A Good Dog Buries its Bone The Florida Review
George Choundas On the Far Side of the Sea PANK
Simon Barker Theatre of the Absurd The Laurel Review


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Name Story Title Accepted Publication
Susan Taylor Chehak Just So Folio
Andre Pace Poetry Eber & Wein Published Co.
Emma Ramos Where The Children Play BlazeVOX Online Journal
Kevin Clarkston The Payback Forge Journal
Zane Kotker How're You Felling Notre Dame Revieww
Thomas Brian The Birds in the Wall The Battered Suitcase
M M De Voe The Champion Bellevue Literary Press
Marcus Lund A Sinfonia Do Circo Brink Magazine
Robert Earle With Her Ear Pressed to the Earth 34th Parallel
Joseph Cavano Story Cloth Potomac Review
Shirley Golden The False Moon Grace Dieu Writers' Circle
Kate Scarpetta The Puppy The Coachella Review
Anthony Martin Windswept Nib Magazine
Gregory Koop Jive Willie No-Nose Nashwaak Review
William Locke Hauser The Frog in the Window Rosebud Magazine
William Locke Hauser The 19-Year-Old Guitar Player Down in the Dirt Magazine
William Locke Hauser Dinh Van AntiMuse Magazine
Raul Moreno Cheesemonger Otis Nebula
Lisa Mecham You Get What You Get The Drum Literary Magazine
Craig Rondinone Six Seconds Evening Street Review