The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Now in its 18th 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 prizewinners are published in our annual fall issue in October.


Prizewinners selected by guest judge Susan Perabo - to be published in Fall 2018 issue

First - $1500: "Home as Found" by Frank Meola in Brooklyn, NY
Second - $500: "Explain It To Me" by Jenessa Abrams in New York, NY
Third - $250: "Conflagration" by Suzanne Barefoot in Lancaster, PA
Editor’s Choice - $125: "Terschelling" by Jaap van der Schaaf in London, England
Editor’s Choice - $125: "How Would You Like to Be Dead?" by Noah Bogdonoff in Providence, RI

Honorable Mention
"Gallery" by Justin Hocking

"Kansas" by Ann Bronston
"Outside the Mayan" by Corey Campbell
"No Man's Land" by Allison Graves
"The Bell Pull" by Russ Harrington
"Monarchs" by Mary La Chapelle
"The Rest of Us" by Meghan O'Toole
"Lone Pine" by Adam Golub
"You Belong in a Zoo" by Scott J. Wilson
"And It Went On and On" by Jayne Wilson
"Budapest, 2015" by Timea Sipos

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



2018 GUEST JUDGE: Susan Perabo


Susan Perabo is the author of two collections of short stories, Why They Run the Way They Do and Who I Was Supposed to Be, and two novels, The Fall of Lisa Bellow and The Broken Places (all with Simon and Schuster). Her fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, and New Stories from the South, and has appeared in numerous magazines, including One Story, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, and The Sun. She is a professor of creative writing at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.