The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Now in its 16th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 across five prizes, the contest delivers exciting new fiction from writers all over the world.

The contest opens each year April 1 - May 15 and winners are published in the following fall issue in October.

 

2016 CONTEST guidelines

+Submission Dates: April 1 - May 15. (Mailed entries: May 16 is the postmark deadline.)
+Winners announced August 1 and published in fall issue online and in print.
+Prizes: $1500 (1st), $500 (2nd), $250 (3rd), and two $125 (Editor's Choice).
+Winning stories will be read by three literary agencies.
+Honorable mentions and semi-finalists will be listed online for up to 6 months.

+Entry Fees: $17 online / $15 mailed, per story. No limit to number of stories.
+We accept entries from anywhere in the world, but the story must be in English.
+No genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi); literary fiction only.
+Story must be previously unpublished (including online).
+Max word count: 6000. (Please do not query us about this; exceed it at your own risk.)
+All readings are blind.
+Winners of the past two Raymond Carver and Premium Edition contests are ineligible.

+Submitting online: no cover page or author info in document.
+Submitting by mail: include $15 U.S. check or U.S. money order payable to Carve Magazine with cover page that includes story title, name, address, phone, email, and word count. Send to: Carve Magazine | Raymond Carver Contest | PO Box 701510 | Dallas, TX 75370.

+For additional questions about the contest, please email us at info@carvezine.com.

 

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2016 GUEST JUDGE: Caitlin Horrocks

Caitlin Horrocks is author of the story collection This Is Not Your City, a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice and a Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her stories appear in The New Yorker, The Best American Short Stories, The PEN/O. Henry Prize Stories, The Pushcart Prize, The Paris Review, The Atlantic, Tin House, One Story, and other journals and anthologies. Her awards include the Plimpton Prize and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the MacDowell Colony. She is the fiction editor of The Kenyon Review and teaches at Grand Valley State University and in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College. She is at work on a novel and a second story collection, both forthcoming from Little, Brown.