Prose & Poetry Contest

The Carve Magazine Prose & Poetry Contest (formerly Premium Edition Contest) seeks the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from writers all over the world. A guest judge in each genre selects one winner to be awarded a $1000 cash prize.

The contest is open October 1 - November 15 and winners are published in our spring issue in April.



Prizewinners selected by guest judges.

FICTION: "Heart of Gold" by Tom Howard in Arlington, VA
NONFICTION: "This Is My Body" by April Vazquez in Guanajuato, Mexico
POETRY: "An Egyptian Myth" by Donald Levering in Santa Fe, NM

Each winner will be awarded $1000 and published in the Spring 2019 issue. 


Honorable Mentions selected by editors.

"Up, up, on implausible wings: The chance ascent of the iconic puffin" by Shauna Jones (Nonfiction)
"Vacuuming At Night" by Jacob Aiello (Nonfiction)
"How to Build a Nervous System (Lyrica Commercial)" by Lauren Myers-Hinkle (Poetry)
"The Button Maker's House" by Sakae Manning (Fiction)


Many thanks to all who entered!


2018 Guest Judges

Belle Boggs 2018


Belle Boggs is the author of The Art of Waiting: on Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood and Mattaponi Queen, a collection of linked stories set along Virginia’s Mattaponi River. Her first novel, The Gulf, will be published in April 2019 by Graywolf Press. Boggs’s work has been supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council, and her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris ReviewHarper'sPloughshares, the Oxford AmericanSlateOrionEcotone, and other publications. She teaches in the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

Alex Lemon 2018

Nonfiction: ALEX LEMON

Alex Lemon’s most recent books are Feverland: A Memoir in Shards and The Wish Book. He is the author of Happy: A Memoir and three other poetry collections: MosquitoHallelujah Blackout, and Fancy BeastsAnother Last Day, a fifth poetry collection, is forthcoming from Milkweed Editions. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Oxford American, American Poetry Review, The Huffington Post, Ploughshares, Best American Poetry, Tin House, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, AGNI, New England Review, The Southern Review, Grist, and jubilat, among others. Among his awards are a 2005 Fellowship in Poetry from the NEA, a Jerome Foundation Fellowship, and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He lives in Ft. Worth, Texas, and teaches at TCU.

Carmen Giménez Smith 2018


Carmen Giménez Smith is the author of a memoir and four poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle award in poetry. She co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, an anthology of contemporary Latinx writing (Counterpath Press, 2014), and serves as the publisher of Noemi Press. Her latest collection, Cruel Futures, is a volume in the City Lights Spotlight Series. Be Recorder will be published by Graywolf Press in 2019. She is a Professor of English at Virginia Tech and the current editor of The Nation's poetry section, alongside Stephanie Burt.


Past Contests

View winners and results from past Prose & Poetry, Premium Edition, and Esoteric Awards/Contests.