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.



+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: Nat Sobel from Sobel-Weber Associates, Erin Harris from Folio Literary Management, and Catherine Cho from Curtis Brown UK.
+Honorable mentions and semi-finalists 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+Story must be previously unpublished (including online).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.
+All readings are blind.
+Winners of the past two Raymond Carver and Prose & Poetry contests are ineligible.

+Submitting online: no cover page or author info in document. Use 'Submit Now' button below.
+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


until the 2018 contest closes.

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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.