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    • Stories must be previously unpublished.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.

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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    • Poems must be previously unpublished.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.

      PROSE

      TYPES OF EDITING

      Developmental - $60

      Receive a 1 page (single-spaced) critique focusing on overall storytelling elements such as structure, character development, plot, dialogue, POV, voice, and style.

      Line-by-Line - $95

      A developmental critique plus line edits and notes throughout the manuscript to highlight elements of the writing that are strong or need improvement. Only minimal corrections to grammar and punctuation are made.

      Optional Add-on: Priority Deadline - $100

      If you need a guaranteed turnaround time of no more than 48 hours, select this add-on on the next page.

      WORD LIMIT

      Word limit is 4000 words for both types of editing. You cannot combine multiple stories, even if the cumulative word count is below 4000.

      For manuscripts greater than 4000 words or for multiple pieces (such as flash fiction), please proceed with uploading your manuscript and DO NOT select the developmental or line-by-line options on the next page. Payment is not required to upload. We'll email you back with a quote for both developmental and line-by-line options and send a separate invoice that can be paid securely online.

      For novella or book-length works (greater than 10,000 words), we recommend Limpede Ink, which offers an extensive array of editorial services.

      RESPONSE TIME

      Efforts are made to return the story with critique within 10-14 days, however it may take up to 30 days. If you need a rushed turnaround time, please select the "Priority Deadline" option on the next page.


      POETRY

      TYPES OF EDITING

      Comprehensive

      Receive up to 1 page (single-spaced) of feedback on entire manuscript focusing on poetic elements such as stanza and line-break structures, imagery and sound, and themes and style. Also includes line edits and notes throughout the manuscript to highlight elements of the writing that are strong or need improvement.

      RATES

      Fees are determined after an initial evaluation of the manuscript. Please do not select any payment options on the next page and just proceed with submitting your manuscript. We will contact you with a custom quote.

      RESPONSE TIME

      Efforts are made to return your manuscript with critique within 10-14 days, however it may take up to 30 days. There is no Priority Deadline option for poetry; please do not select it on the next page.

      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).