Carve has been publishing honest fiction online and hosting the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest since 2000. While formally based in Dallas, Texas, the staff and volunteers who help the magazine thrive are from all over the world. Carve is a member of CLMP and attends the annual AWP conference.
Carve seeks to publish outstanding literature and to promote the writers we publish, helping both new, emerging, and established authors reach a wider literary audience. This is achieved through sharing their stories across a variety of publication mediums: online, print, e-readers, and more.
In addition, we take special pride in our editorial process. While we cannot send a unique response to every submission, we certainly try. We offer notes and critiques on stories that we feel are nearly aligned with our vision while noting that ultimately selections are subjective and varied.
The magazine is named in honor of Raymond Carver, short story artist and master of the “minimalist” form, though his later works espoused a longer, more detailed style. We admire this dyad, as we strive to publish fiction that is both concise and generous.
Above all, Carve, like its namesake, is honest fiction.
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Matthew Limpede, Executive Editor
Anna Zumbahlen, Managing Editor
Rita Juster, Senior Fiction Editor
Claire Schadler, Junior Fiction Editor
Ellie Francis Douglass, Poetry Editor Cameron Maynard, Nonfiction Editor
Melvin Sterne, Founding Editor
Resident Reading Committee
John Henry Fleming
Guest Reading Committee
Bridget Apfeld, Savannah Brooks, Kristene Brown, Eli Didier, Kristina Fedeczko, Heather Hobma, Lauren Kelly, Apoorva Mittal, Joe O'Neill, Caitlyn Peterson-Pszonka, Aneesha Roy, Mandana Vakil, Manuela Williams
Poetry Reading Committee
Reem Abbas, Savannah Admire, Eileen Cleary, Beau McGlasson, Chris Menezes, Stacy Pendergrast
Nonfiction Reading Committee
Art Edwards, Katie Ray, Alaina Symanovich
+Named #11 in EveryWritersResource top 20 online literary mags
+19 Notable Stories in StorySouth's Million Writers Award since 2007
+1st and 3rd place in the 2013 Million Writers Award
+1st place in the 2014 and 2015 Million Writers Award
+Special Mention in 2008 & 2010 Pushcart Prize
+Favorably reviewed by NewPages.com
+Recognized for outstanding work in helping writers
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:
PO Box 701510
Dallas, TX 75370