The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Now in its 17th 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 Pinckney Benedict - to be published in Fall 2017 issue

First - $1500: "Richard" by David J. Wingrave in Warsaw, Poland
Second - $500: "Laughing and Turning Away" by Patrick Holloway in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil
Third - $250: "Homecoming" by Zachary Lunn in Raleigh, NC
Editor’s Choice - $125: "The Anatomy of Todd Melkin" by Catherine Malcynsky in Chester, CT
Editor’s Choice - $125: "Windfall" by Edward Hamlin in Boulder, CO

"Moths" by Russ Harrington
"Leaving" by Renee Branum
"The Great Bridge Destructor Kit" by JR Fenn
"Farrington Lake" by Robert Stone
"Tink's Town" by Anne Trooper-Holbrook
"Life is Not Always a Choice" by Kristin Walrod
"My Trieste" by Pamela Hartmann
"Obroni's Heart" by Laure-Helene Boudier
"The Treehouse" by Jill Zender
"The Stash" by Katie Dickson
"Padiddle, Padoodle" by Doug Crandell
"Formation" by Lisa Bubert
"Steal Away" by Nicole Cuffy
"Ice House" by Kathryn Dangler
"Falling In Love Is Just A Way Of Looking" by Sheila Arndt

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


2017 GUEST JUDGE: Pinckney Benedict

Pinckney Benedict grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He has published a novel (Dogs of God) and three collections of short fiction, the most recent of which is Miracle Boy and Other Stories. His work has been published in, among other magazines and anthologies, EsquireZoetrope: All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the Pushcart Prize series, the Best New Stories from the South series, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, and The Oxford Book of the American Short Story. He is the recipient of, among other awards and honors, a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fiction grant from the Illinois Arts Council, two Plattner Awards for fiction fromAppalachian Heritage magazine, a Literary Fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award. Benedict serves as a professor in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.