Announcing the 2013 Raymond Carver Contest Guest Judge

Christopher Castellani, author of All This Talk of Love.Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels, each published by Algonquin Books: All This Talk of Love (2013), The Saint of Lost Things(2005), and A Kiss from Maddalena(2003), winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. He is a contributor to numerous books on writing, including Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Fiction Writer (Random House, 2008) and Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives (Free Press, 2009). A short story, “The Living” will be published as a Ploughshares Solo in June 2013. He is the artistic director of Grub Street, teaches every other semester in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, is on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and for the fall 2013 term will be a visiting professor at Swarthmore College. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

We’re positively beaming to have Christopher as our guest judge this year since we just recently visited Boston for AWP and developed a big crush on Grub Street. They’re a wonderful organization that’s dedicated to helping writers and creating a stronger literary community. We thank Christopher for donating his time and efforts in reading for the contest.

The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest will be open April 1 - May 15. We accept literary fiction that’s 6000 words or less. Entry fee is $15 and prizes range from $1000 to $250 and include being read by three literary agencies.

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