Carve was founded by Melvin Sterne in 2000 as an online magazine. In 2007, current editor Matthew Limpede took over all operations. The magazine has recently expanded to include a Premium Edition available in print. Carve is based in Dallas, Texas. Read on for more about our mission and our passionate editors and readers that make Carve honest fiction.
Carve seeks to publish outstanding literary fiction and to promote the writers we publish, helping both new, emerging, and established authors reach a wider literary audience. This is achieved through sharing their stories across a variety of publication mediums: online, print, e-readers, and more.
In addition, we take special pride in our editorial process. While we cannot send a unique response to every submission, we certainly try. We offer notes and critiques on stories that we feel are nearly aligned with our vision while noting that ultimately selections are subjective and varied.
The magazine is named in honor of Raymond Carver, short story artist and master of the “minimalist” form, though his later works espoused a longer, more detailed style. We admire this dyad, as we strive to publish fiction that is both concise and generous. Above all, Carve, like its namesake, is honest fiction.
Many of us are writers also, and that's why we like to think our magazine is a bit more special than other 'zines out there. So many lit mags either have a revolving door of editors and readers or cloak their staff in a shroud of secrecy.
Not us. This is who we are: goofy, passionate, and dedicated, all rolled into one. So we hope you forgive some of our campy pictures and know that we mean it in good spirit. We just want you to know that we're real people, too.