2009 Raymond Carver Contest

From over 700 entries...

1st place - $1000: “What You’ve Done For Me” by John S. Walker in Cordova, TN
2nd place - $750: “At the Last Minute” by Martha Miller in Springfield, IL
3rd place - $500: “Zero Pressure” by Soma Mei Sheng Frazier in San Leandro, CA
Editor’s Choice - $250: “How The Tiger Got Its Stripes” by Nicholas Hogg in New York, NY


Honorable Mentions
University Hospital, Timothy Crandle
A Rastafarian Buddha, Ann Selby
Agavé, Rashad Harrison



Guest Judge: melvin sterne


Melvin Sterne worked construction for 22 years with the Boilermakers and Ironworkers before returning to college to earn his BA (University of Washington), MA (University of California at Davis), and PhD (Florida State University). He founded Carve Magazine in March of 2000 with the aid of a grant from the Mary Gates Foundation. He is currently Assistant Professor of English at the American University of Afghanistan, where he teaches creative writing, literature, composition, and other courses in the Humanities Concentration. He has won awards for his writing including the 2001 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award, and two Pushcart nominations. Like so many writers, he has a novel with an agent, and is working on another. Visit his website at www.melvinsterne.com.

Carve invited founding editor Melvin Sterne in honor of the magazine’s 10th anniversary.