Carve Summer 2017 Issue

Featuring new short stories, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, illustrations, and more...


Summer 2017 Features

+New Short Stories
A Survivor Story by Dan Hernandez
Measures of Times by Andrea Eberly
The Difficult Kind by Stephanie Austin
A Girl Called Penny by Jacqueline Guidry

+New Poetry:
Tending by Joannie Stangeland
Book of Lazarus by Jacob Sunderlin
I Admit the Baby Reminds Me and I Was a Small Red Pulse by Dahlia Seroussi
December Winds by Eric Cruz

+New Nonfiction:
The Little Black Dress by Andrea Cheatham
The Accordions of the Mon Valley by Sharon Dilworth

+Decline/Accept: This Mortal Coil by Nathan Willis
+One to Watch: Excerpt from Writing & Selling Short Stories & Personal Essays: The Essential Guide to Getting Your Work Published by Windy Lynn Harris
+Interviews with short story authors
+Illustrations by Justin Burks

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Subscribe to Carve today to discover HONEST FICTION and more. Each quarterly issue features nearly a dozen new emerging and established writers.

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

Unique features you won't find in other literary magazines include Decline/Accept, Story Statshot, and One to Watch. 


The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open each year from April 1 - May 15 and offers $2500 in prizes.

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

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.


We accept short story, poetry, and nonfiction submissions via Submittable and postal 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.