2011 Raymond Carver Contest

From over 530 entries...


The show of talent this year was incredible - so much so that we’ve decided to publish all nine finalists: the five prizewinners and four honorable mentions. Congratulations to them all.

Prizewinners - Published in the Fall 2011 issue
1st place - $1000: “Stalled Symphony” by Liesl Wilke in Mercer Island, WA
2nd place - $750: “Credo” by Bridget Brewer in Portland, OR
3rd place - $500: “Promises, Promises” by Susan Finch in Grand Junction, CO
Editor’s Choice (Matthew) - $250: “Motherlove” by Mark Farrington in Alexandria, VA
Editor's Choice (Kristin) - $250: “Whiskey & Ribbons” by Leesa Cross-Smith in Louisville, KY


Honorable Mentions - $100 each
 ”Oregon Grind” by Rick Attig in Portland, OR
“What Happy Couples Do” by Anna Cox in Guelph, Ontario
 ”The English Speakers” by Sarah Quigley in Christchurch, New Zealand
“The Mattress Boy of Cameroon” by Kate Jackson in North Hills, CA


Guest Judge: julie hersh


Julie Hersh is the author of Struck by Living, already in its second printing after publication in April 2010.

She has been awarded the Mental Health American Ruth Altschuler Community Advocate Prism Award and selected as one of the 2010 Distinguished Women by Northwood University, and she is an outspoken advocate for mental health.

Learn more about her and her accomplishments at her website.