Welcome! I'm Tarver.
I have stories and cats to share with you.
Glad you've stopped by.
Tarver Nova is a spec-fic writer and professional night owl in New York.His stories are found in Baffling Magazine, Air & Nothingness Press, Daily Science Fiction, and other fine places.He is an associate editor of PodCastle and CatsCast, two fiction podcasts from the Escape Artists Foundation.He is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers.
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✧ in Baffling Magazine – Apr 2023
An expedition to an exotic world reveals troubling gifts.
Science Fantasy | 1,120 words
Img Credit: Hamed Hosseini
✧ in Tiny Tales – March 2023
Supernatural horrors emerge across weeks of a newspaper's local news.
Horror | 1,050 words
Img Credit: BeccaH
✧ in The Librarian Reshelved, an Air and Nothingness Press anthology – Feb 2023
A multiverse-roving Librarian helps Earth's last archivist let go, start anew—and pet cats.
Sci-Fi | 2,950 words
Img Credit: Daniel Olah
✧ in Tales to Terrify – Dec 2022
A father skips holiday traditions at his peril.
Horror | 540 words
Img Credit: Robert Thiemann
✧ in Daily Science Fiction – July 2022
Lighthearted troubles arise in a magical glasswork shop.
Fantasy | 315 words
Img Credit: Aaron Burden
✧ in Fabula Argentea – Jan 2022
A tarot-reading trickster gets creative when a bank heister takes her seriously.
Crime/Humor | 3,900 words
Img Credit: Content Pixie
✧ in Kaleidotrope – Oct 2021
Death and her crows clash over the soul they're meant to collect.
"With its compelling mix of bittersweet drama and charming silliness, this story should not be missed."
– Alex Brown, Tor.com
Fantasy | 4,600 words
Img Credit: Kevin Mueller
By the Sirens' Teeth
✧ Forthcoming in Dragon Gems, a Water Dragon Publishing anthology – Fall 2023
A story about dangerous alliances on the sea.
Fantasy | 2,230 words
Img Credit: Zoltan Tasi
✧ Forthcoming in Tangle & Fen, a Crone Girls Press anthology – 2023
A story about the ghosts in our antiques.
Horror | 4,800 words
Img Credit: Ramiro Mendes
Resources for Writers
Find a Market or Agent
Short Story Markets
Submission Grinder - a free submission tracker and market database
SFWA Market Report - SFWA's market database
Horror Tree - market listings + resources for horror writers
Small Presses Database - from Poets & Writers
Indie Publishers & Small Presses List - from The Nonconformist
Literary Agents Database - from Poets & Writers
AgentQuery.com - database of literary agents
Magazine Summary - a summary of the previous year's genre magazines, by Locus Mag
Convention List - the year's upcoming conventions, by Locus Mag
Publishers Weekly - publishing news
Writer Beware - alerts + resources to combat questionable practices in publishing
SFF World - latest releases in sci-fi, fantasy & horror
Horror World - latest releases in horror
SFWA Information Center - a wide-ranging resource covering many aspects of professional writing life
How to Write a Proper Short Story Cover Letter - Alex Shvartsman
How to Know When You Are Done Revising - Cat Rambo
Copyright Information for Writers - Poets & Writers
Formatting and Standards
Short Story Format - William Shunn's guide for short story format (Always check a magazine's guidelines). Word template here.
Model Contracts - from SFWA
Example Short Fiction Contract - from Apex Magazine
Codex Writers' Group - neo-pro spec-fic writers group
ASMRion - Background noise generator for focus
StayFocusd - Chrome app to limit time on distracting websites
Photopea - free Photoshop alternative