Submit to Carve

We accept short story, poetry, and nonfiction submissions year-round from anywhere in the world. We also pay the writers we publish. Send us your best work; we'd love to read it.


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Subscribe to Carve in print or digital and you can submit fee-free to any non-contest category for the duration of your subscription. We'll also bump your submission to the top of the queue so you get a faster response time.

Every issue includes our signature HONEST FICTION, plus new poetry and nonfiction, in-depth interviews, and gorgeous illustrations. We also have unique features you won't find in other lit mags, such as Decline/Accept, Story Statshot, and One to Watch.

Subscribe using the button below, or select the subscription add-on in Submittable when you submit.


SUBMIT FICTION

Published online and in print and digital issues.

  • Carve seeks good honest fiction in the form of short stories.
  • We want emotional jeopardy, soul, and honesty.
  • Craft and control are tantamount to our connection to the characters.
  • We highly recommend reading recent stories to get an idea of what we’re looking for.

  • We pay fiction contributors $100 and offer feedback on 5-10% of declined submissions.
  • We ask for first-publication rights for online and print.
  • Read our full guidelines and submit via Submittable ($3).
  • We also accept submissions by mail for free. Include a SASE and cover letter.
  • Mail to: Carve Magazine Submissions | PO Box 701510 | Dallas, TX 75370

Consider using Carve Critiques to get in-depth feedback on your work.

How to withdraw your submission.

 

SUBMIT POETRY

Published exclusively in print and digital issues.

  • Carve seeks poetry that is both quiet and expansive.
  • We want poetry that elicits an authentic emotional connection.
  • Every word should purposefully add to the voice, sound, and imagery.

  • We pay poetry contributors $25 and offer feedback on 5-10% of declined submissions.
  • We ask for first-publication rights for print.
  • Read our full guidelines and submit via Submittable ($3 for up to 3 poems).
  • We also accept submissions by mail for free. Include a SASE and cover letter.
  • Mail to: Carve Magazine Submissions | PO Box 701510 | Dallas, TX 75370

Consider using Carve Critiques to get in-depth feedback on your work.

How to withdraw your submission.

 

SUBMIT NONFICTION

Published exclusively in print and digital issues.

  • Carve seeks nonfiction that reflects the honest place of literature in our lives.
  • We want experiential reflections and literary overlays, inlays, or even underlays.
  • Tell us what happened and how we, as literature lovers, connect to it.

  • We pay nonfiction contributors $25 and offer feedback on 5-10% of declined submissions.
  • We ask for first-publication rights for print.
  • Read our full guidelines and submit via Submittable ($3).
  • We also accept submissions by mail for free. Include a SASE and cover letter.
  • Mail to: Carve Magazine Submissions | PO Box 701510 | Dallas, TX 75370

Consider using Carve Critiques to get in-depth feedback on your work.

How to withdraw your submission.

 

Decline/Accept

Featured in print and digital issues with listings online.

  • We want to support all writers, even the ones we don't publish.
  • If we decline(d) your submission and it's accepted elsewhere, let us know.
  • We might ask to feature an excerpt and a recap of your experience in an upcoming issue.

 

Most Recent Decline / Accept Listings

If we decline(d) your submission and it hasn't been accepted elsewhere yet,  consider this a list of suggestions for where to send your piece next.

Name Title Accepted Publication
Ari Koontz Silhouettes Oyster River Pages
Peter Beckstrom Get Your Feet Wet The MacGuffin
Adam Fout We Are Something More and Something Less Deracine
Patricia Fewer Worm Farm Palo Alto Weekly
Adrianna Sampedro The Lucky Ones Joyland Magazine

Withdraw A Submission

If you submit fiction or nonfiction via Submittable,  log into your account and select "Withdraw" next to the submission. We'll automatically be notified.

 

If you submit poetry via Submittable, or any genre via postal mail, click the withdrawal form button to notify us so we can manually remove your submission.