The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Now in its 19th 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.

2019 Contest Guidelines

+Submission Dates: April 1 - May 15. (Mailed entries: May 15 is a postmark deadline.)
+Winners announced August 1 and published in fall issue online and in print.
+Prizes: $1500 (1st), $500 (2nd), $250 (3rd), and two $125 (Editor's Choice).
+Winning stories will be read by three literary agents.
+Honorable mentions and semifinalists will be listed online for up to 6 months.

+Entry Fees: $17 online / $15 mailed, per story. No limit to number of stories.
+We accept entries from anywhere in the world, but the story must be in English.
+No genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi); literary fiction only.
+Story must be previously unpublished (including online).
+Max word count: 10,000.
+We consider all stories without any of the author’s identifying information.
+Winners of the past two Raymond Carver and Prose & Poetry contests are ineligible.

+Submitting online: no cover page or author info in document.
+Submitting by mail: include $15 check or money order payable to Carve Magazine with cover page that includes story title, name, address, phone, email, and word count. Send to: Carve Magazine | Raymond Carver Contest | PO Box 701510 | Dallas, TX 75370.

+For additional questions about the contest, please email us at

The deadline for the 2019 contest has passed, but late entries will be permitted with an additional $6 fee through 5/17.


2019 contest closes TODAY at 11:59pm CDT.

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2019 GUEST JUDGE: Claire Fuller

Claire Fuller didn’t start writing until she was 40. Her three novels, Our Endless Numbered Days, Swimming Lessons, and Bitter Orange are all published by Tin House and have been translated into sixteen languages. Her first novel won the 2015 Desmond Elliott Prize for debut fiction and was a finalist in the ABA (American Booksellers Association) 2016 Indies Best Books Award. Her second novel was shortlisted for the Encore Prize. Claire also writes flash fiction and short stories, and as well as being published in many journals, her stories have won the BBC Opening Lines competition, and the Royal Academy / Pin Drop prize. Claire lives in Hampshire in England.

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