Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Magazine Stand :: Carve – Fall 2022

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The fall issue of Carve means being able to read the winning entries of their annual Raymond Carver Short Story Contest!

First Place
“To Love a Stranger is Certain Death” by Brandon J. Choi

Second Place
“A Rugged Border” by Candice May

Third Place
“Don’t Speak” by Megan Callahan

Editor’s Choice
“Birdsong” by Abby Provenzano
“-K” by Ned Carter Miles

But that’s not all! The issue also includes interviews with each of the winners in a feature aptly titled “What We Talk About,” as well as Carve’s intriguing “Decline/Accept,” in which an author whose work Carve ‘declined’ was accepted elsewhere, giving the author a chance to explain their perspective on the rejection and the process that led to the work’s acceptance. This issue’s author is Steve Fox for his work “Then It Would Be Raining,” which Carve rejected and which went on to win the Whitefish Review Montana Prize for Fiction.

Readers can also enjoy poetry from Katy Aisenberg, William Erickson, Elizabeth Sylvia, Rachel Marie Patterson, and CooXooEii Black, nonfiction from Kimberly Knight, and the forward-looking “One to Watch” – an interview with Mazli Koca by Anna Zumbahlen.

2022 Raymond Carver Contest Winners

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Carve Magazine recently announced the winners of the 2022 Raymond Carver Contest judged by Dariel Suarez:

FIRST PLACE: Brandon J. Choi for “To Love a Stranger is Certain Death”

SECOND PLACE: Candice May for “A Rugged Border”

THIRD PLACE: Megan Callahan for “Don’t Speak”

EDITORS CHOICE: Abby Provenzano for “Birdsong” and Ned Carter Miles for “–K”

Winners will be published in the Fall 2022 Issue, which is currently in production. The contest runs annually from April 1 — mid-May.

Carve Announces 2021 Raymond Carver Contest Results

Literary magazine CARVE offers the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest annually in the spring with winners appearing in their fall issue. The contest awards $3,000 across five prizes and is open to stories written in English from around the world.

The 2021 contest was judged by Leesa Cross-Smith who chose the top three prizewinners.

First – $2000: “Habits” by Morgan Green in Abington, PA

Second – $500: “The Pit” by Chris Blexrud in New Orleans, LA

Third – $250: “Field Dressing” by Mariah Rigg in Eugene, OR

Editors’ Choice – $125: “What Happened with the Librarian?” by Haley Hach in Rhinebeck, NY

Editors’ Choice – $125: “The Kingdom of the Shades” by Nina Ellis in London, UK

Finalists

“Disappear” by Patricia King

“Eyrie Hours” by Stephanie Pushaw

“Mapping the New Hell” by Shana Hartmann

“Those People” by Melissa Gardea

“St. Felix Dance & Bowl” by Joshua Wales

Contest :: Carve Magazine Raymond Carver Contest

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Deadline: May 15, 2021
Carve Magazine‘s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open April 1 – May 15. Accepting submissions from all over the world, but story must be in English. Max 10,000 words. Prizes: $2,000, $500, $250, + 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All 5 winners published in Fall 2021 issue and reviewed by lit agencies. Entry fee $17 online. Guest judge Leesa Cross-Smith.

April 2021 eLitPak :: CARVE Magazine 2021 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

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Carve Magazine‘s Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is open April 1 – May 15. Accepting submissions from all over the world, but story must be in English. Max 10,000 words. Prizes: $2,000, $500, $250, + 2 Editor’s Choice $125 each. All winners published in Fall 2021 issue and reviewed by lit agencies. Entry fee $17. Guest judge Leesa Cross-Smith.

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