Tarver Nova

Welcome! I'm Tarver.
I have stories and cats to share with you.
Glad you've stopped by.

✧ About Me ✧


Read my latest stories and see what's coming next.

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Img Credit: Kelly Sikkema

Resources for Writers

Some sites my fellow writers may find useful.


Check out my cats. I have four of my own, and I've fostered a clowder's worth.

Tarver with a tuxedo cat on his shoulder

Tarver Nova

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 two fiction podcasts: PodCastle and CatsCast.He is a member of SFWA and Codex Writers.

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Short Fiction

✧ 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

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✧ in Tales to Terrify – Dec 2022

A wintry horror on the dangers of skipping holiday traditions.

Horror | 540 words

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Img Credit: Robert Thiemann

✧ in Daily Science Fiction – July 2022

Lighthearted troubles in a magical glasswork shop.

Fantasy | 315 words

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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

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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."

Fantasy | 4,600 words

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Img Credit: Kevin Mueller


The Flame Without

✧ Forthcoming in Baffling Magazine – Jan 2023

A story about exotic worlds and troubling gifts.

Science Fantasy | 1,120 words

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Img Credit: Hamed Hosseini

Lingering Trinkets

✧ Forthcoming in Tangle & Fen, a Crone Girls Press anthology – Feb 2023

A story about the ghosts in our antiques.

Horror | 4,800 words

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Img Credit: Ramiro Mendes

Resources for Writers

Find a Market or Agent

Short Story Markets

Small Presses




Formatting and Standards

Professional Orgs


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  • StayFocusd - Chrome app to limit time on distracting websites

  • Photopea - free Photoshop alternative


Cats. (1)

(1) Cats.