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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Subscribers to Carve in print or digital can submit fee-free to any non-contest category for the duration of the subscription. We also bump subscriber submissions to the top of the queue to ensure a faster response time for our loyal readers.

Each quarterly 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.

Subscriptions begin at $39.95 for 1 year / 4 issues (additional for non-U.S. destinations). Opt for a Recurring Annual subscription to save 15%.


SUBMIT FICTION

Published online and in print / 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 / 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 / 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 / digital issues.

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

 

Withdraw A Submission

Fiction or nonfiction via Submittable: Log into your account and select "Withdraw" next to the submission. We'll automatically be notified.

 

Poetry via Submittable, or any genre via postal mail: Click the withdrawal form button to notify us so we can manually remove your submission.