The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest

Now in its 18th year, the Raymond Carver Short Story Contest is one of the most renowned fiction contests in the world. Featuring prominent guest judges and offering $2500 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.

The 2018 contest is now closed

Winners will be posted on this page by August 1.


2018 GUEST JUDGE: Susan Perabo


Susan Perabo is the author of two collections of short stories, Why They Run the Way They Do and Who I Was Supposed to Be, and two novels, The Fall of Lisa Bellow and The Broken Places (all with Simon and Schuster). Her fiction has been anthologized in Best American Short Stories, Pushcart Prize Stories, and New Stories from the South, and has appeared in numerous magazines, including One Story, Glimmer Train, The Iowa Review, The Missouri Review, and The Sun. She is a professor of creative writing at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.