The Premium Edition Contest

Carve's newest annual contest is open October 1 - November 15 each year and seeks fiction, poetry, and nonfiction from writers all over the world. One winner in each genre is awarded a $1000 cash prize and will be published exclusively in our spring Premium Edition in print.


Prizewinners selected by guest judges.

FICTION: "Void Spaces" by Andrea Eberly in Seattle, WA

NONFICTION: "The Fox" by Mark Brandi in Victoria, Australia

POETRY: "Understudies" by John Sibley Williams in Milwaukie, OR


Honorable Mention

"Paint by number" by Devi Laskar (Poetry)

"Accordions of the Mon Valley" by Sharon Dilworth (Nonfiction)

Thank you to ALL who entered and made this year another amazing contest!




Erin Flanagan is the author of two short story collections published by the University of Nebraska Press: The Usual Mistakes and It’s Not Going to Kill You, and Other Stories. Her work has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Colorado Review, The Missouri Review, The Southern Review, the Best New American Voices anthology series, and elsewhere. She’s held fellowships to Yaddo, The MacDowell Colony, and the Sewanee and Bread Loaf Writers’ conferences, and has served as faculty at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop. She is a professor of English at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio.






Ruth Madievsky is the author of a poetry collection, “Emergency Brake,” which was named Tavern Books’ 2015 Wrolstad Contemporary Poetry Series selection and was published in February 2016. Since its publication, “Emergency Brake” has spent four months on Small Press Distribution’s poetry bestseller list. Ruth’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Tin House, The Iowa Review, Gulf Coast, Prairie Schooner, ZYZZYVARattle, and elsewhere. She was a 2015 Tin House scholar in poetry and reads chapbook submissions for Gold Line Press. She is originally from Moldova and lives in Los Angeles, where she is a doctoral student at USC’s School of Pharmacy. You can find her at







Marc Nieson is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and NYU Film School. His background includes children’s theatre, cattle chores, and a season with a one-ring circus. His memoir, SCHOOLHOUSE: Lessons on Love & Landscape (Ice Cube Press) is forthcoming in October 2016. He's won a Raymond Carver Short Story Award, Pushcart Prize nominations, and been noted in Best American Essays. He teaches at Chatham University, edits The Fourth River, and is at work on a new novel, Houdini's Heirs. More @