Please be sure to read each category's specific guidelines carefully.

For any submissions related questions, please email us at info@carvezine.com.
Carve is pleased to announce SUSAN PERABO as this year's guest judge for the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest.

REMINDERS:

  • No limit to number of entries but each entry requires a separate entry fee and submission.
  • Simultaneous submissions accepted. Please notify promptly if story is accepted elsewhere by withdrawing via Submittable.
  • Please do your best to format manuscript to be double-spaced, with 1" margins. Do not include any author info in the document.
Note: we cannot do any file swaps for the contest, as it would violate our blind reading policy. Once you submit, that's it!

For additional questions about the contest, 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    • Stories must be previously unpublished.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.

      Please follow the directions below closely.

      Choose developmental OR line-by-line. Do not choose both.
      You may choose the Optional Add-on: Priority Deadline in addition to a developmental or line-by-line service. Selecting only the optional add-on will result in a delay, as we will need to create a custom quote or invoice for you.
      Do NOT select ANY payment option if you're submitting poetry of any length or a prose manuscript greater than 4000 words. Upload the file and we will contact you with a custom quote.
      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 (this is optional if you're just applying to be a reader).