Tarver Nova

Welcome! I'm Tarver.

By night, I'm a spec-fic author.
Also by night, I'm staff at a law firm.

I have stories and cats to share with you.
Glad you've stopped by.


Check out my latest stories, and see what's coming.

Resources for Writers

Some links that my fellow genre writers might find useful.


Don't believe the lies: I am not a cat. But I have four of my own, and I've fostered a clowder's worth.


✧ in Kaleidotrope – October 2021

A tale about Death and her soul-guiding crows.

"With its compelling mix of bittersweet drama and charming silliness, this story should not be missed."
– Alex Brown, Tor.com

Fantasy | 4,600 words


The Oracle and the Heist

Reprint forthcoming in January 2022

A fortune-telling trickster gets creative with her tarot cards when a bank heister takes her seriously.

Crime/Humor | 4,000 words

Lingering Trinkets

Forthcoming in a spring 2022 anthology

A story about the ghosts in our antiques...

Horror | 4,800 words

Resources for Writers

Find a Market or Agent

Short Story Markets

Small Presses




Formatting and Standards

Professional Orgs


  • Conventions List - Locus Magazine list of conventions

  • DisCon III - 2021's Worldcon, the World Science Fiction Convention. Hosts the Hugos | Dec 15–19, 2021 | Washington, DC

  • Boskone - hosted by the New England Science Fiction Association | Feb 18–20, 2022 | Boston, MA

  • WisCon - May 27–30, 2022 | Madison, WI

  • Nebula Conference - hosted by SFWA - 2022 event TBD in mid-US


  • ASMRion - Background noise generator for focus

  • StayFocusd - Chrome app to limit time on distracting websites

  • Photopea - free Photoshop alternative


Cats. (1)

(1) Cats.