Contests: Raymond Carver | Esoteric Contest
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2014 RAYMOND CARVER SHORT STORY CONTEST - 15 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Many thanks to our guest judge AIMEE BENDER who selected the top three stories.
From nearly 1400 entries…
First, $1500: “Safe, Somewhere” by Baird Harper in Oak Park, IL.
Second, $500: “The Snow Children” by Wendy Oleson in Los Angeles, CA.
Third, $250: “Martha and Other Anomalies” by Kerrin Piche Serna in Fullerton, CA.
Editor’s Choice (Matthew), $125: “Entr’acte” by Mark Connelly in Milwaukee, WI.
Editor’s Choice (Kristin), $125: “Cantaloupe” by Karen Loeb in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
“A Little off the Top” by Mathieu Cailler
“Seven Boxes” by Jeffrey Ricker
“Lilith in Paradise” by Courtney Sender
“Rabbit Season” by Katie Reilly
Semifinalists (Longlist) - in alphabetical order by title
Thank you to ALL who entered and made this year another amazing contest!
Many thank to AIMEE BENDER, our 2014 guest judge!
Aimee Bender is the author of five books: The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998) which was a NY Times Notable Book, An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) which was an L.A. Times pick of the year, Willful Creatures(2005) which was nominated byThe Believer as one of the best books of the year, The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake (2010) which recently won the SCIBA award for best fiction, and an Alex Award, and The Color Master, released this last August, a NY Times Notable book for 2013.
Her short fiction has been published in Granta, GQ, Harper’s, Tin House, McSweeney’s, The Paris Review, and many more places, as well as heard on PRI’s This American Life and Selected Shorts. She has received two Pushcart prizes, was nominated for the TipTree award in 2005, and the Shirley Jackson short story award in 2010. Her fiction has been translated into sixteen languages.
She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches creative writing at USC.
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