The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Now in its 15th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2000 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.



From over 1200 entries...

Prizewinners selected by guest judge - To be published in Fall 2015 issue
First - $1000: "Arrangements" by Charlie Watts in Providence, RI.
Second - $500: "Kudzu" by Andrea Bobotis in Denver, CO.
Third - $250: "Jack Nicely" by Amanda Pauley in Elliston, VA.
Editor’s Choice (Matthew) - $125: "The Giant" by Joe Shlichta in Olympia, WA.
Editor’s Choice (Suzanne) - $125: "All That We Burned, All That We Loved" by Laura Haugen in U.S.A.


Honorable Mention
"Vanish" by Michael Minchin in Randolph, VT.


Semifinalists (Longlist) - These were stories that passed through two rounds of readings and were considered by the editors.

Sarah Kosch, Automat
Barb Johnson, Can't Even Superman Lift That
Michael Henson, Captain Elvis
Nicole Idar, Comfort
Marshall Hart, Dispossessed
Curt Locklear, Dominoes
Andrew Stancek, Dreams of August
Tamar Schreibman, Expecting
Donald Downey, Gulf of Finland
Rayne Debski, How Cold a Half Moon
Avril Joy, How the River Breaks Your Heart
Yvonne Conza, In My Dream
Hal Ackerman, Incidental Contact
Jacob Mercer, Jerusalem Cricket
Ruth Blank, Lotus Garden
Gotham Mamik, Murakami Musing
Stephen Policoff, My Back Door Someday
Stephen Kosnar, No Fair
Rebecca Zhu, Philanthropy
Nathan Bennett, Postcards From Adalsbruk
Stefanie Kramer, Safe
Lesley O'Connell, Sea Wall
LaRue Cook, Somewhere Between Corinth and Walnut, Mississippi
Etan Nechin, Stealth
Brandon Hobson, Street Dogs
Anita Cabrera, The 14 Mission
Janis Hubschman, The Crossing Guard
Alistair Daniel, The Descent
Nadia Ibrashi, The Fish
Rachel Maizes, The Infidelity of Judah Maccabee
Michael Caleb Tasker, The Luckiest Man in Town
Karin Lin-Greenberg, The Splashing Carp
Pernille Dake, Uphill
Michael Grubb, Vacation
Sam Oppenheim, What Rock Bottom Meant to Us
Michael Danaher, Where We Were Going

Thank you to ALL who entered and made this year another amazing contest!



Andre Dubus III is the author of six books: The Cage Keeper and Other StoriesBluesman, and the New York Times bestsellers, House of Sand and FogThe Garden of Last Days (soon to be a major motion picture) and his memoir, Townie, a #4 New York Times bestseller and a New York Times "Editors' Choice." His work has been included in The Best American Essays and The Best Spiritual Writing anthologies, and his novel, House of Sand and Fog was a finalist for the National Book Award, a #1 New York Times Bestseller, and was made into an Academy Award-nominated film starring Ben Kingsley and Jennifer Connelly. His new book, Dirty Love, was published in the fall of 2013 and has been listed as a New York Times “Notable Book”, a New York Times Editors’ Choice”, a 2013 “Notable Fiction” choice from The Washington Post, and a Kirkus “Starred Best Book of 2013”.

Mr. Dubus has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, The National Magazine Award for Fiction, two Pushcart Prizes, and a 2012 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Literature. His books are published in over twenty-five languages, and he teaches full-time at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. He lives in Massachusetts with his wife, Fontaine, a modern dancer, and their three children.

Photo: Kevin Harkins ©

Photo: Kevin Harkins ©