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This month’s Lit Mag Spotlight is honored to shed some light on Carve Magazine! This is a lit journal that truly gives back to the writing community. They’ll not only offer feedback on submissions (something we all could use!), but their issues are packed with contributors’ interviews, a look at some of the stories they’ve rejected, and much more. As writers, we all know how much we need literary journals, and Carve recognizes how much literary journals need us. What goes around, comes around! Enjoy.
CONTEST: Leave a comment on this blog post by November 29 to enter to win a copy of Carve’s very first print edition and a picture of their 2011 anthology (featured to the left). This contest is now closed. Congratulations to Katy, our winner. Thank you to all who participated!
Give us the lowdown on your journal’s mission.
We’re a different kind of lit mag that does more than publish short stories. We try as best we can to offer feedback to our submitters, and our print edition—featuring interviews with our contributors, a “Reader’s Voice” section, and a look at stories we’ve rejected—is designed to give insight into the publishing and writing world.
Describe your ideal submission in 15 words or less.
An honest story that we obsess about because it’s so damn good.
Tell us about a piece you recently published that got the staff really excited. Why did you love it? Why did it strike a chord? Can readers find it online?
We really loved “The Eternal Youth of Everyone Else” by Adrienne Celt in our Summer 2012 issue. It’s about a nine-year-old girl that never ages. She’s been “passed on” from family to family for generations to hide her true nature, but the story doesn’t delve into the how or why. We really enjoyed the magical realism aspect of it, and the ending is heartbreaking but perfect—you know it couldn’t have ended any other way.
Regarding submissions: What’s the most common turn-off that you encounter (in terms of craft)?
Stories that aren’t tight. We don’t want to meander; we want every word to count.
What’s the most common oversight (in terms of submission guidelines)?
I don’t know if it’s the most common, but it’s certainly the most perplexing: We’ll often get submissions that are poetry, creative nonfiction, or something else entirely. We’ve been a short story-only mag since we started!
Why is your journal awesome?
Because we have an awesome track record of publishing exciting fiction from new voices. We consistently publish writers that have never had a fiction piece published before. Two of this year’s winners in the Raymond Carver contest are first-time fiction publications!
Where can readers find your submission guidelines?
What else would you like to say?
Why are we expanding into print?
Because print isn’t dead. It’s just becoming a different kind of experience. You can take your time with print, which is free from distractions of Twitter, Facebook, email. Settle in and enjoy our Print Edition. Then go online and share your comments and see everyone else’s about the stories. It’s the best of both worlds.
Contest: Leave a comment by November 29 to win a copy of Carve‘s first edition and a picture of the 2011 anthology! This contest is now closed.