Call for Applications: The Raymond Carver Short Story Contest


DEADLINE: 15 may 2020


Now in its 20th 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. (Postmark deadline* May 15.)

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

  • Winning stories will be read by three literary agents.

  • 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 Fees: $17 online / $15 mailed.

  • 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  • Story must be previously unpublished (including online).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.


  • Submitting online: no cover page or author info in document. All readings are blind.

  • Submitting by mail*: include $15 check or money order payable to Carve Magazine with cover page that includes story title, name, address, phone, email, and word count. Send to: Carve Magazine | Raymond Carver Contest | PO Box 701510 | Dallas, TX 75370.

*Please note: this will be the final year we accept mailed submissions for the contest. Only online entries will be accepted beginning with the 2021 contest.

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