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  • Stories must be previously unpublished.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.


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

  • 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  • Poems must be previously unpublished.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.

    $5 base + 1.5¢/word for prose.

    $5 base + custom quote for poetry.


    Print/Digital Subscribers Only: 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.


    PROSE INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Submit your story and $5 base fee via this form. 
    2. Receive an emailed invoice via PayPal (1.5¢ per word; $30 minimum), along with your assigned team member's name.
    3. Pay invoice within 48 hours*.
    4. Receive your critique within 10 days of payment.


    A PayPal account is not required to pay invoice.

    You may group up to three flash fiction pieces if each is under 1000 words (you will receive one critique for all pieces).

    If you desire line-by-line edits, more in-depth services, or your work is longer than 10,000 words, we recommend Limpede Ink editorial services, a division of Carve Magazine.

    If you previously used "Carve Editing Services" and would like to request Matthew Limpede as your editor again, you may contact him via Limpede Ink for a quote.

    *IMPORTANT: If payment is not received within 48 hours, your invoice and critique will be canceled. You will not receive a refund on the query fee. Extensions are allowed if you email us at critiques@carvezine.com.



    POETRY INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Submit your poem(s) and $5 base fee via this form. 
    2. Receive an email with a custom quote based on length, editor's name, and expected turnaround time.
    3. Notify us by email reply if you accept or decline quote.
    4. If you accept, we will email a PayPal invoice to be paid securely online within 48 hours. A PayPal account is not required to pay invoice.


    IMPORTANT: We are willing to work with your budget and adjust the poetry quote or scope of work if our initial quote is unattainable. However, if you decline a quote or subsequent adjusted quotes, you will not receive a refund on the base fee.

    Please fill out your contact information. On the next page, you'll be asked to include a letter and attach a resume and/or CV.

    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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