The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest
Now in its 17th 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 the following fall issue in October.
2017 CONTEST is closed
Winners will be announced August 1.
2017 GUEST JUDGE: Pinckney Benedict
Pinckney Benedict grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. He has published a novel (Dogs of God) and three collections of short fiction, the most recent of which is Miracle Boy and Other Stories. His work has been published in, among other magazines and anthologies, Esquire, Zoetrope: All-Story, the O. Henry Award series, the Pushcart Prize series, the Best New Stories from the South series, The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction, and The Oxford Book of the American Short Story. He is the recipient of, among other awards and honors, a Literature Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a fiction grant from the Illinois Arts Council, two Plattner Awards for fiction fromAppalachian Heritage magazine, a Literary Fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, and the Chicago Tribune’s Nelson Algren Award. Benedict serves as a professor in the MFA program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.