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Cleaver Magazine

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About Cleaver Magazine: Cleaver Magazine shares cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Cleaver publishes poetry, short stories, essays, dramatic monologues, flash prose, and visual art.

Contact Information:

Editors: Karen Rile, Lauren Rile Smith

Email: editor[at]cleavermagazine[dot]com


Submission Information:

Genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, artwork

Simultaneous submissions: yes Email submissions: no Online submissions: yes (see website) Reading period: year-round Response time: 2-8 weeks Payment: no Contests: yes (see website) Founded: 2013 Issues per year: 4 Print issues: no

Publisher's description: Cleave is a Janus verb, meaning both to stick tight and to fall away. A cleaver is the most broad-edged and brutally efficient kitchen knife, designed to be swung like a hammer for the most effective channel of force.

Cleaver Magazine shares cutting-edge art and literary work from a mix of established and emerging voices. Cleaver publishes poetry, short stories, essays, dramatic monologues, flash prose (300 words or less), and visual art. Cleaver presents a mix of national and international writers, creating a blend of content that is both accessible to readers who have never heard of flash fiction and fresh to those accustomed to reading cutting-edge literature.

We are a quarterly online journal. Look for issues in March, June, September, and December.

“I can certainly see why Cleaver has put forward a preview issue; with a solid design and an already established style with crisp writing, it has me licking my lips in anticipation for the first full issue...”
—Kirsten McIlvenna, NewPages

Recent Issues:

In Number 5, March 2014 issue, you can read short stories by Brennan Crusack, Alina Grabowski, Juniper Green, Jason Kapcala, Gabriel Ojeda-Sague, Daniel W. Thompson, Shannon Sweetnam, B.A. Barghese, and Anthony Wallace. Poetry by Nichole Callihan, Lauren Hall, Zachary Lundgren, George Moore, Patricia Colleen Murphy, Kim Suttell, Kathy Lou Schultz, and J.C. Todd. Flash by Royee Zvi Atadgy, Laurie Blauner, Nick Kolakowski, Thompson Mayes, Olive Mullet, Justin Nicholes, Ray Scanlon, and Robert Wexelblatt, and Essays by Rick Bailey, Jane Carroll, Melissa Duclos, Michael G. Smith, Mary van Ogrop, and Shannon Viola.

Issue 4, December 2013: Short Stories: Jo Beckett-King, Brian Druckenmiller, R. Daniel Evans, Emma Greenberg, Shane Joaquin Jimenez, Lynn Levin, Henry Marchand, Mohammadreza Mirzaei, Barbara Nishimoto, Jarred Yates Sexton, Anne Dyer Stuart, Anthony Wallace. Poems: Cullen Bailey Burns, Zach Fishel, Christine Hamm, Peter LaBerge, Teresa Leo, Pattie McCarthy, Jesse Minkert, Jessica Morey-Collins, Marie Nunalee, Monica Wendel. Flash: Kathryn Kulpa, DC Lambert, Lori Lamothe, Sean Lyon, Catherine Mosier-Mills, Lisa Piazza, Kristen Sharp, Kevin Tosca, Donna Vorreyer. Essays: Sam Cha, Ann de Forest, Kaori Fujimoto, Ivy Hughes. Art: Dmitry Borshch, Donna Festa, Tish Ingersoll.

Cleaver Magazine's back-to-school issue (Issue 3, September 2013) features artwork by Filip Noterdaeme, Toisha Tucker, and Morgan Gilbreath; the Leaves of Grass App Update by Jim O'Loughlin; short stories by Bonnie Altucher, Kieran Duddy, John Oliver Hodges, Julia Hogan, DC Lambert, Maggie Light, Dan Micklethwaite, Ashley Paxton-Turner, Jane Sussman, Sarah Van Name, Anthony Wallace, and Benjamin Woodard; poetry by S.I. Adams, Jennifer Faylor, Jason Gordon, Nicole Greaves, Matthew Harrison, Stephanie Papa, David Poplar, Alex Schmidt, Paul Siegell, William Winfield Wright, Chavisa Woods, and Jerrold Yam; flash fiction by Lily Brent, Lauren Brown, Carlo Matos, Mercedes Lawry, Lindsay Miller, Lydia Pudzianowski, and Desiree Wilkins; and essays by Andrew Browers, Andrea Jarrell, John Michael Mumme, Michael Nagel, Olivia 子琁 Tun, and Hannah White, with a cover photo by William Beem. Thwack!


last updated 03/17/2014