The Winter 2018 Issue is Here

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

Winter 2018 Features

New Short Stories


New Poetry

  • Anniversary by Jennifer Martelli
  • Dark Matter by Mag Gabbert
  • A Marker by David Salner
  • All-Containered by Brenna Womer
  • Everything Must Go and There is No Such Thing as Trespass by John Sibley Williams


New Nonfiction

  • For the Soup by Jessi Lewis
  • The Land Where the Citrus Blossoms by Eric Wilson


Additional Features

  • Decline/Accept: Clarence and Rose by Michael Melgaard
  • One to Watch: Anne Raeff Interview by Sejal H. Patel
  • Interviews with short story authors
  • Illustrations by Justin Burks

New short stories and interviews with the authors.

New poetry & nonfiction plus our signature HONEST FICTION.

One to Watch features an interview with Anne Raeff by Sejal H. Patel.

Discover our signature HONEST FICTION and more. Each quarterly issue features nearly a dozen new, emerging, and established writers in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

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.