About Carve

Carve was founded in 2000 to publish short stories online and has hosted the annual Raymond Carver Short Story Contest since 2001. Print and digital quarterly issues began in 2012 and feature our signature HONEST FICTION, poetry, nonfiction, interviews, illustrations, and more. The editors, staff, and volunteers who help the magazine thrive are based all over the world.

Carve is a member of CLMP and attends the annual AWP conference.


Carve, named in honor of Raymond Carver, publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that respects the power of language and craft and elicits genuine emotional truths. We also strive to foster a sense of camaraderie among all writers and readers.

We converse with the writers we publish, sharing discussions on the modern writer’s life with readers across digital and print mediums. We deliver thoughtful feedback on select submissions that we decline, and we highlight individuals and organizations who practice outstanding literary citizenship. We also engage younger readers through classroom-ready lesson plans centered on our short stories.

We value the power of good writing—to challenge, heal, educate, disturb, and transform. With our borderless, inclusive, and diverse community, we look forward to sharing in the empathic spaces that literature creates.

Raymond Carver in 1984. Photograph: Bob Adelman/Corbis


Resident Reading Committee

Guest Fiction Reading Committee
Anna Gardner, Apoorva Mittal, Ayla Gilbert, Carissa Chesanek, Christopher Evans, Courtney Wallace, David Sanchez, Eli Didier, Enlli Lewis, E.E. Hussey, Erika Parker, Heather Hobma, Jasmine Williams, Jennifer Audette, Jennifer Fiorile, Jessica Lampard, Joe O'Neill, Jule Pattison-Gordon, Katie Knecht, Kelsey Ipsen, Kimberly Lee, Kristene Brown, Kristina Fedeczko, Lauren Kelly, Rebecca Thaxton, Sarah DeGeorge

Poetry Reading Committee
Beau McGlasson, Chris Menezes, Dashaun Washington, Jacob Billingsley, Marcus Dietrich, Olga Rukovets, Ree Sherwood, Samantha Finley, Savannah Admire, Stacy Pendergrast

Nonfiction Reading Committee
Emily McCormack, Hillary Fifield, Joelle Renstrom, Krista Pohlmeyer, Lesley Heiser



+1st place in the 2014 and 2015 Million Writers Award
+1st place, 3rd place in the 2013 Million Writers Award
+Special Mention in 2008 & 2010 Pushcart Prize
+Named #11 in EveryWritersResource top 20 online literary mags
+19 Notable Stories in StorySouth's Million Writers Award since 2007
+Favorably reviewed by


Without you, we're nothing.

We love to receive feedback and hear what we can do to make our magazine better. We’re also happy to grant select interview requests and answer any general inquiries.

Please note that we do not review books by request.

You can contact us by mail too. Send us a letter to:

Carve Magazine
PO Box 701510
Dallas, TX 75370


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