Contests: Raymond Carver | Esoteric Awards
2013 RAYMOND CARVER SHORT STORY CONTEST - LAST CHANCE!
We will accept late entries online only for an additional $6 fee until Saturday, May 18.
The contest is internationally renowned and has awarded prizes to writers across the globe. And this is truly a contest where new talent is discovered: last year our first place prizewinning story was the author’s first-ever fiction publication.
You can discover more about past years’ contests in the right sidebar or visit our blog for news and updates, including Q&As with past winners.
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.
Dates, Fees, and Prizes
NEW Submission Dates: April 1-May 15, 2013. Closes midnight CST. (Mailed entries: May 15 is the postmark deadline.) We will allow late entries online only for 3 days for an increased fee.
Winners announced July 1, 2013.
Entry Fees: $17 online / $15 mailed, per entry.
Prizes: Top 3 prizes determined by guest judge. 2 Editor’s Choice determined by Editor-in-Chief and Managing Editor.
1st place - $1000
2nd place - $750
3rd place - $500
Two Editor’s Choice - $250 each
Open to U.S. and international, but stories must be in English.
No genre fiction (pure sci-fi, romance, mystery, etc.); literary fiction only.
There is no limit to the number of entries one may submit.
Stories must be previously unpublished. Simultaneous submissions accepted if notified promptly that story is accepted elsewhere.
We ask that winners of the 2012 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest do not enter.
Word count limit: no minimum, max 6000.
Please do your best to format submissions as follows:
-at least 1” margins
-ONLY story title and page numbers (no author info) in header
All readings are blind so please do not put your name on the manuscript.
If submitting online: no cover page in the uploaded document; Submittable provides a place for cover letters/bios in a form that is blind to readers and editors until the completion of readings.
If submitting by mail: cover page with ONLY story title, name, address, phone number, email, and word count. This will be removed and catalogued before stories are given to readers and editors.
For additional questions about the contest, please email the editor at email@example.com.
HOW TO SUBMIT
We use Submittable to manage our online submissions. Please note that for the contest we cannot grant any file swaps as it would violate our blind reading policy. The fee for entering will increase automatically to $23 after on May 16-18 to allow for late entries.
Please make checks or money order payable to Carve Magazine. Please do not send via Registered Mail or require in-person signature. We are night owls and often pick up the mail late at night outside of normal business hours. Include a SASE for receipt confirmation or list of winners.
Mail your story to:
Raymond Carver Contest
P.O. Box 701510
Dallas, TX 75370
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