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The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Now in its 21st year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $3000 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.


Submission Dates: April 1 - May 15. 

  • Prizes: $2000 (1st), $500 (2nd), $250 (3rd), and two $125 (Editor's Choice).

  • Winning stories will be read by three literary agents:

    • Nat Sobel from Sobel-Weber Associates

    • Erin Harris from Folio Literary Management

    • Viola Hayden from Curtis Brown UK.

  • Winners announced August 1 and published in fall issue online and in print.

  • Honorable mentions and semi-finalists will be listed online for up to 6 months.

  • All work submitted will also be considered for non-contest publication.

  • Entry Fee: $17.

  • One short story per entry. No limit to number of entries.

  • Story must be previously unpublished (including online).

  • 10,000 maximum word count.

  • We accept entries from anywhere in the world, but the story must be in English.

  • No genre fiction (romance, horror, sci-fi); literary fiction only.

  • Winners of the past two Raymond Carver and Prose & Poetry contests are ineligible.

Submit online via Submittable beginning April 1: no cover page or author info in document. All readings are anonymous.


Friday 23 April, 2021
Saturday 15 May, 2021

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