Prose & Poetry Contest

The Carve Magazine Prose & Poetry Contest (formerly Premium Edition Contest) seeks the best fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from writers all over the world. A guest judge in each genre selects one winner to be awarded a $1000 cash prize.

The contest is open October 1 - November 15 and and winners are published in our annual spring issue in April.



Prizewinners selected by guest judges.

FICTION: "Peach" by Thomas Gresham in San Diego, CA
NONFICTION: "Stories of Men and Women" by M.K. Narváez in New York, NY
POETRY: "On Learning That Ho Chi Minh Once Worked as a Baker at the Parker House Hotel in Boston" by Robbie Gamble in Chestnut Hill, MA

Each winner will be awarded $1000 and published in the Spring 2018 issue. 


Honorable Mention

"I Am Fat" by Paulette Fire (Nonfiction)
"Sal Wants to Sleep" by Serena Johe (Fiction)


Many thanks to all who entered and made this year another amazing contest!



2017 Guest Judges


Fiction: EJ LEVY

EJ Levy’s debut story collection, Love, In Theory, won a 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award, a 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award (Bronze), the 2014 GLCA New Writers Award, and was named a Best Indie Book of the Year by Kirkus; a French edition was released in 2015 by Editions Rivages. Her stories have appeared in The Paris Review, Gettysburg Review, The Missouri Review, and Kenyon Review, among other places. Her essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, and Best American Essays, and received a Pushcart Prize, among other honors. Her anthology, Tasting Life Twice: Literary Lesbian Fiction by New American Writers, won a Lambda Literary Award. She teaches Creative Writing at Colorado State University.



Matthew Vollmer is the author of two collections of short fiction, Gateway to Paradise (Persea, 2015) and Future Missionaries of America (MacAdam/Cage, 2009; Salt Publishing, 2010), as well as a collection of essays, inscriptions for headstones (Outpost19, 2012). His work has appeared in Paris Review, Glimmer Train, Tin House, Virginia Quarterly Review, Epoch, Ecotone, New England Review, The Sun, Best American Essays, and The Pushcart Prize Anthology. With David Shields, he co-edited FAKES: An Anthology of Pseudo-Interviews, Faux-Lectures, Quasi-Letters, “Found” Texts, and Other Fraudulent Artifacts (W. W. Norton, 2012), and served as editor for The Book of Uncommon Prayer, an anthology of everyday invocations featuring the work of over 60 writers. His next book, Permanent Exhibit, will be published by BOA Editions, Ltd. in 2018. He teaches at Virginia Tech.



Tomás Q. Morín is the author of Patient Zero and A Larger Country, winner of the APR/Honickman Prize. He translated Pablo Neruda’s The Heights of Macchu Picchu, and with Mari L’Esperance co-edited Coming Close: Forty Essays on Philip Levine. He teaches at Texas State University and in the low residency MFA program of Vermont College of Fine Arts.


Past Contests

View winners and results from past Premium Edition and Esoteric Awards/Contests.