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
R.E Hengsterman HASH Sick Lit Magazine - December Issue
Ron Clinton Smith A Mexico City Football Dream Upstreet
Ron Clinton Smith New York With The Invisible Whip Novella T
JD Graves The Sweetheart Sour Near to the Knuckle
Toni Ann Johnson Up That Hill Xavier Review
Tad Bartlett Birmingham Breakdown Stockholm Review of Literature
Andre Pace artist works / anthology Andre pace
Anna Paikert Summer of Dying Bees Swarm
John Maurer A Twinkle in Dead Eyes The Bitchin' Kitsch
Paul Justison Englewood, 1969 The Gambler Magazine
Devin Murphy A Fabric of Stain Printer's Row Journal, The Chicago Tribune
Brandon French Smoke and Mirrors Potomac Literary Journal
Michael Melgaard A Pregnancy Humber Literary Review (Awarded Honorable Mention in the Emerging Writer's Fiction Contest)
Ferguson Porter The Newest of The New Quail Bell Magazine
Ferguson Porter Kindly Neighbors Kindred
Lisa Corn The Astoria Lounge Storgy Magazine
Richard J. O'Brien Saul Pinsky & The Queen of Light Duende
Danielle Burnette Not Her Husband PRISM international
Dian Parker The Tinker's Dog Artificium
Brandon Timm "Old Yeller Was a Metaphor" (retitled: "Earl's Shadow") Zone 3
Tom Tolnay Bogus Lives Ellery Queen Magazine
Mehdi M. Kashani The Tajreesh Incident Litro Magazine
Joseph Rakowski Watch Them Ponies Run PANK
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