Read the Spring 2018 Issue

All features available in print and digital. Short stories available online.

SPRING 2018 Features

New Short Stories


New Poetry

  • The Lives of Ex-Girlfriends by Jared Harél
  • Troppi Petali by Emily Linstrom
  • Fable for a New World Order by Hannah Craig
  • Chamisa by George Perreault
  • MS Nocturne According to Ecclesiastes by Emily Rose Cole


New Nonfiction

  • I Am Fat by Paulette Fire
  • Foosball in the Former Yugoslavia by Arman Haveric


Prose & Poetry Contest Winners


Additional Features

  • Decline/Accept: Things We Should've Said by Angie Walls
  • One to Watch: Driven Excerpt from Melissa Stephenson
  • Interviews with short story authors
  • Illustrations by Justin Burks

In-depth interviews with the authors.

New poetry & nonfiction plus our signature HONEST FICTION.

One to Watch features an excerpt from Melissa Stephenson's forthcoming memoir, Driven.

Discover our signature HONEST FICTION and more. Each quarterly issue features nearly a dozen new, emerging, and established writers in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

Our stories have earned notable recognition from the Pushcart Prize and twice won 1st in the Million Writers Award.

Unique features you won't find in other literary magazines include Decline/Accept, Story Statshot, and One to Watch. 

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open each year from April 1 - May 15 and offers $2500 in prizes.

Our guest judges have included the likes of Aimee Bender, Ben Fountain, Christopher Castellani, and Andre Dubus III.

Many past winners cite the contest as a launching point for their writing career, going on to secure agents, publishing contracts, or starting their own lit mag.

We accept short story, poetry, and nonfiction submissions via Submittable and postal mail year-round.

We pay our contributors cash, promote their forthcoming publications on our blog and social media, and treat them like literary rockstars.

If we don't publish your story and someone else does, we'll add you to our ever-growing Decline/Accept list.