Please be sure to read each category's specific guidelines carefully. For any submissions related questions, please email us at info@carvezine.com.

GUIDELINES

  • Please submit only one short story at a time and wait for a response before sending another. Simultaneous submissions to other magazines accepted. Please withdraw promptly if story is accepted elsewhere.
  • Due to increasing submissions and a limited volunteer reading staff, we cannot guarantee a specific response time window. If you’d like to check on the status of your story, log into your Submittable account for updates.
  • We accept submissions from anywhere in the world, but stories must be in English.
  • No genre fiction (thriller, horror, romance, etc.); literary fiction only. Novel excerpts only if it stands alone as a story.
  • Stories must be previously unpublished. This includes blogs, online, and any print media with a circulation greater than 1000.
  • Word count limit: no minimum, max 10,000.
  • Please do your best to format manuscript to be double-spaced, with 1" margins, and author name and story title in header.


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GUIDELINES

  • You may submit up to three poems in one submission. Please wait for a response before submitting again.
  • Due to increasing submissions and a limited volunteer reading staff, we cannot guarantee a specific response time window. If you’d like to check on the status of your submission, log into your Submittable account for updates. Please note that we are reading entries for the Prose & Poetry Contest until early January, which may cause delayed response times on regular submissions.
  • We accept submissions from anywhere in the world, but work must be in English.
  • Poems must be previously unpublished. This includes blogs, online, and any print media with a circulation greater than 1000.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify promptly if your work is accepted elsewhere.
  • Word count limit: no minimum, max 2,000.

Print/Digital Subscribers Only: Use this link. Please note this is only for those who have paid for a print or digital subscription to Carve.

GUIDELINES

  • Please submit only one nonfiction essay at a time and wait for a response before submitting another. Simultaneous submissions to other magazines accepted. Please withdraw promptly if essay is accepted elsewhere.
    • Due to increasing submissions and a limited volunteer reading staff, we cannot guarantee a specific response time. If you’d like to check on the status of your essay, log into your Submittable account for updates.
    • We accept submissions from anywhere in the world, but nonfiction must be in English.
    • Essay must be previously unpublished. This includes blogs, online, and any print media with a circulation greater than 1000.
    • Word count limit: no minimum, max 10,000.
    • Please do your best to format manuscript to be double-spaced, with 1" margins, and author name and title in header.

    Print/Digital Subscribers Only: Use this link. Please note this is only for those who have paid for a print or digital subscription to Carve.

    Get feedback on your prose or poetry to better understand what works, what doesn't, and how to improve.


    Print/Digital Subscribers: Use this link and we'll waive the $5 base fee. Please note this is only for those who have a current print or digital subscription to Carve; we will verify your subscription within our subscriber database.


    Limpede Ink editorial services: If you desire more in-depth services, or your work is longer than the genre's word or page limit, we recommend Limpede Ink editorial services, a division of Carve Magazine.


    PROSE CRITIQUES

    • $5 base + 1.5¢/word with a $30 minimum.
    • 10,000 word limit.
    • You may group up to three flash fiction pieces if each is under 1000 words; you will receive one critique covering all pieces.


    POETRY CRITIQUES

    • $5 base + $30 first page, $15 each add'l page.
    • 10 page limit.
    • You may group up to five poems together but each poem must begin on a new page; you will receive one critique covering all pieces.


    INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Submit your work and $5 base fee via this form. 
    2. Receive an emailed invoice via PayPal (see above for rates based on genre), along with your assigned team member's name.
    3. Pay invoice within 48 hours*.
    4. Receive your critique within 10 days of payment.

    *IMPORTANT: If payment is not received within 48 hours, your invoice and critique will be canceled. You will not receive a refund on the base fee. If you need more than 48 hours, email us at critiques@carvezine.com.

    A PayPal account is not required to pay invoice.

    Want to join our Reading Team for short fiction, poetry, or nonfiction?

    This is the place to start! We'll guide you through our application process and what to expect. After successfully sending your application and questionnaire responses, you can expect a response from our editors within 2-4 weeks. Thanks for your interest in CARVE.

    Application Instructions

    Our reading team application process is now all via Submittable. The entire process may take up to an hour, because of the reading and commenting involved. The good news is Submittable auto-saves form data, so you can start this now and then leave and come back to finish it later.

    What to Expect—if you join CARVE's Reading Team

    Before you start our application process, you should know what we expect of reading team members. We assign submissions on a weekly basis, so you'll be asked to read, vote, and comment on 3-5 stories, poems, or essays (depending on your chosen genre) every week. As a volunteer, you'll have to decide how much you can contribute and communicate with us should your schedule change.

    We also have what we call "editor's desk" pieces—these are stories, poems, or essays that have made their way through a few team members and are now being considered by the full genre team and editor. These readings are optional but highly encouraged; they give a broad sample of the kind of works being considered for publication, which may in turn help develop your own eye for the kind of works that typically appear in our pages.

    What You Get—if you join CARVE's Reading Team

    Joining our reading team means you're part of an international and diverse community that values good literature and the conversations around it. Reading Team members receive each of our quarterly issues in PDF format and a monthly e-newsletter exclusive to subscribers and staff highlighting what's happening with CARVE and team members like you. (We'll ask you each month if you have any exciting literary/publishing successes you want to share with our community!)

    We also try to provide opportunities for team members to expand their experience. After a period of reliable reading and thoughtful commenting, Reading Team members may be invited to join the volunteer Interview Team to be featured in the quarterly issues or online Q&As with contributors, or to join the Critique Team, where team members are paid to write full-fledged critiques. And if a new position opens up within CARVE, our Reading Team members are among the first to know.

    We are looking for submissions of book reviews, interviews, literary and cultural criticism, profiles, writing advice, lists, recommended reading roundups, and short personal essays on craft or life as a writer. View previous posts here.

    If you wish to submit short fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction to Carve, please do not submit to this category. Read our guidelines and submit here.

    We accept fully written pieces or pitches. 

    No hard word count requirement, but most should fall in the 300 min.-5,000 max range. 

    Include a proposed title. 

    Include a short bio/byline that you would like to appear alongside the piece. Links to websites and social media pages are fine. 

    Include any other information you feel is relevant, such as what interests you about your topic or why you're uniquely qualified to write about it. 

    Expect a response to your submission within 1-2 weeks. Multiple and simultaneous submissions welcome.

    We accept submissions from anywhere in the world, but posts must be in English. 

    Posts must be previously unpublished. 

    Posts may be shared on social media. If you'd like to be tagged, please let us know of your platform and handle. 

    You are welcome to submit visuals to accompany your work, assuming you have the rights to them.

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