Contests: Raymond Carver | Esoteric Contest
The 2014 Contest will open April 1 - May 15. Guest judge and more details coming in early 2014.
2013 RAYMOND CARVER SHORT STORY CONTEST
We’re pleased to announce the 2013 winners. From over 1000 entries…
First place - $1000
“Tu quoque” by Jake Andrews in Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Second place - $750
“No Translation” by Mona Awad in Manhattan, NYC.
Third place - $500
“Heisenberg” by William Shih in Queens, NYC.
Editor’s Choice (Matthew) - $250
“The Gymnast” by Jennifer Harvey in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Editor’s Choice (Kristin) - $250
“Twenty-Nine Ingredients” by Lesley Quinn in Oakland, CA.
All five stories will be published online and in our Premium Edition in mid-September and will be sent to three literary agencies for review and consideration for representation.
Pending authors’ permissions, we will publish these exclusively in our Premium Edition.
“A Space You Can Fall Into” by Liz Prato
“Bree Hadley” by Rebecca McKanna
“Brushed Nickel” by Adam Shafer
“Caravan” by Donna Obeid
“Thunder in Illnois” by Leslie Campbell
These stories were considered semi-finalists, read and reviewed by the editors. Appearing on this list means the story made it through at least 2 rounds of readings and was a strong contender to be a finalist.
|Story Title||Author Name|
|At the Speed of Light||Jeremy Parker|
|Death of a Banyan||Vijay Lakshmi|
|Do the Right Thing||Nancy Bonnington|
|Hollow Men||Matt Sautman|
|Little Misery||Marianne Colahan|
|Lotus Garden||Ruth Blank|
|Many Lives, Many Masters||Gretchen Schrafft|
|My Friend Rosendo||Nick T. Watson|
|Myrtle Beach||Emerson Dyer|
|Some Kind of Heaven||Michael Caleb Tasker|
|The Basement||Joan Leegant|
|The Hunt||Elizabeth Dickinson|
|The July Wedding of Cousin Tomiwa||Olumide Owoo|
|The Land of the Sibilants||Rebecca Givens Rolland|
|The Sleeping Beauty||Joan Hennessy|
|The Thing That Makes Us Run||Brian Ownbey|
|Their Duplex||Samantha LaBue|
|Two Falls||CB Anderson|
Thank you to everyone who submitted. As always, we truly enjoyed reading through all the stories. While we pride ourselves on providing feedback whenever possible, the sheer number of entries this year took us by surprise and prevented this tradition. If you’re seeking feedback on your work, including why it may not have progressed or placed in the contest, we welcome you to use our Editing Services at carvelit.com/services. In light of the contest entry fee already paid, we are offering all submitters a $30 discount on line-by-line services. Please contact us for the discount code.
Lastly, special thanks to guest judge Christopher Castellani for his time and efforts in selecting the prizewinners.
Christopher Castellani is the author of three novels, each published by Algonquin Books: All This Talk of Love (2013), The Saint of Lost Things (2005), and A Kiss from Maddalena (2003), winner of the Massachusetts Book Award. He is a contributor to numerous books on writing, including Naming the World: And Other Exercises for the Fiction Writer (Random House, 2008) and Mentors, Muses and Monsters: 30 Writers on the People Who Changed Their Lives (Free Press, 2009). A short story, “The Living” will be published as a Ploughshares Solo in June 2013. He is the artistic director of Grub Street, teaches every other semester in the Warren Wilson MFA Program, is on the faculty of the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and for the fall 2013 term will be a visiting professor at Swarthmore College. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.