The Premium Edition Contest

Carve's newest annual contest is open October 1 - November 15 each year and seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from writers all over the world. One winner in each genre is awarded a $1000 cash prize and will be published exclusively in our spring Premium Edition in print.



+Submission Dates: October 1 - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 30, 2016.
+Winners announced February 1, 2017 and published exclusively in spring Premium Edition.
+Prizes: $1000 for one winner each in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
+All work submitted will also be considered for non-contest publication.

+Entry Fees: $17 online / $15 mailed, per fiction, non-fiction, or up to 3 poems. No limit to number of entries.
+We accept entries from anywhere in the world, but the work must be in English.
+No genre works (romance, horror, sci-fi); literary fiction/non-fiction only.
+Story, poem, or essay must be previously unpublished (including online).
+Max word count: 4000 for fiction and nonfiction.
+All readings are blind.

+Submitting online: no cover page or author info in document.
+Submitting by mail: include $15 check (U.S. banks only) or money order payable to Carve Magazine with cover page that includes title(s) of work, genre, name, address, phone, email, and word count (fiction/non-fiction only). Send to: Carve Magazine | Premium Edition Contest | PO Box 701510 | Dallas, TX 75370.

+For additional questions about the contest, please email us at




Erin Flanagan is the author of two short story collections published by the University of Nebraska Press: The Usual Mistakes and It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, the Best New American Voices anthology series, and elsewhere. She’s held fellowships to Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ conferences, and has served as faculty at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. She is a professor of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.






Ruth Madievsky is the author of a poetry collection, “Emergency Brake,” which was named Tavern Books’ 2015 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection and was published in February 2016. Since its publication, “Emergency Brake” has spent four months on Small Press Distribution’s poetry bestseller list. Ruth’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVARattle, and elsewhere. She was a 2015 Tin House scholar in poetry and reads chapbook submissions for Gold Line Press. She is originally from Moldova and lives in Los Angeles, where she is a doctoral student at USC’s School of Pharmacy. You can find her at







Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: Lessons on Love & Landscape (Ice Cube Press) is forthcoming in October 2016. He's won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University, edits The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, Houdini's Heirs. More @