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Carve, named in honor of Raymond Carver, publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction that respects the power of language and craft and elicits genuine emotional truths. We also strive to foster a sense of camaraderie among all writers and readers. We converse with the writers we publish, sharing discussions on the modern writer’s life with readers across digital and print mediums. We deliver thoughtful feedback on select submissions that we decline, and we highlight individuals and organizations who practice outstanding literary citizenship. We also engage younger readers through classroom-ready lesson plans centered on our short stories. We value the power of good writing—to challenge, heal, educate, disturb, and transform. With our borderless, inclusive, and diverse community, we look forward to sharing in the empathic spaces that literature creates.

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Country of Publication & Year Established

United States Established in 2000

Audience

Open to a broad Audience.

Publication Media & Frequency

Electronic Publication Electronic PublicationPublished 4 x per year.
Print Publication Print PublicationPublished 4 x per year.

Fiction Open

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.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Minimalist, Realist.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash Fiction Flash FictionUp to 1,000 words.
Short Story Short Story1,000 - 7,500 words.
Novelette Novelette7,500 - 10,000 words.
Novel Excerpt Novel ExcerptUp to 10,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK Fees OK No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Nonfiction Open

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.

Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Minimalist.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Essay EssayUp to 10,000 words.
Narrative Nonfiction Narrative NonfictionUp to 10,000 words.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word) Pay ranges from Semi-pro payment (1-4.9 US cents per word) to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK Fees OK No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Poetry Open

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.

Genres:
GenreSubgenres
General GeneralOpen to all/most Subgenres.
Poetry Forms:
Narrative poetry, Prose poetry.
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Minimalist, Realist.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Poem PoemNo line limits known; Up to 3 pieces.
Payscale:
We list broad pay categories rather than payment specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem) Semi-pro payment (US$5-49 per poem).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK Fees OK No OKText format submissions
Always check guidelines for details and restrictions. If you aren't familiar with these terms, see our glossary.

Carve Submission Statistics

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Carve Magazine Prose & Poetry Contest Charges fees for all submissions
Esoteric Short Story Contest CLOSED Charges fees for all submissions
The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest Charges fees for all submissions

Dates

Last Updated: 18 Dec 2019
Last Checked: 06 Feb 2020 We check each active listing's guidelines page for changes once a month (if compliant).
Last Audited: 18 Dec 2019 We audit each active listing twice a year.
Date Added: 23 Feb 2006

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