No need to hold your breath any longer: the results are in!
The Raven Short Story Contest winner for 2017
is Elaine McDivitt with her story, ‘The Tape’.
‘The Tape’ caught judge Brenda Carre in its powerful stream of consciousness .
“Who does not remember the striking cover of The Female Eunuch by Germaine Greer? It provided a visual punch that the story made good on right to the end. I found the circular theme of tape in Virginia’s haunting narration a gripping read. The unique cadence really supported the sense of horror and realization unlocked at a garage sale.” – Brenda Carre
Coming in as a close runner up, Kerry Craven‘s story, ‘Meggie’.
“This was a very interesting fairy-tale-esque exploration of the dehumanization of Dementia. Through Meggie’s surprising transformation into a new being she is able to move past grief at least for awhile. I loved the Baba Yaga quality of the magical young woman with the sack full of all possibilities. I would love to see the dialect trimmed somewhat. With a bit of editing this has the ‘whiskermarks’ of a fine story.” – Brenda Carre
Both of these stories will appear in Pulp Literature Issue 18, Spring 2018, and the winners take home $300 and $75 respectively as their prizes.
Honorable Mentions go to Alex Reece Abbott for ‘My Brother Paulie: A Domestic Space Odyssey’, and Charity Tahmaseb for ‘The Potato Bug War’.
Congratulations to all of these writers, and special thanks to judge Brenda Carre! Pulp Literature Press is grateful for the abundance of talent and hard work that was poured into all of the submissions for the 2017 Raven Short Story Contest.
Our next contest, the Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest for stories up to 750 words long, opens January 1st, 2017. We hope to see you there!
The big announcement for the Raven Short Story Contest is just around the corner! For now, we are excited to announce the incredible authors who have made it on the Raven 2017 shortlist, alphabetically by author first name.
The Raven Short Story Contest Shortlist
Alex Reece Abbott, ‘My Brother Paulie: A Domestic Space Odyssey’
Brian Dang, ‘Edgeless’
C.E. Mandybura, ‘Monkey Days’
Charity Tahmaseb, ‘The Potato Bug War’
Daniel Beaumont, ‘Shifting Bodies’
Dustin He, ‘Carrion Feeder’s Pedigree’
Elaine McDivitt, ‘The Tape’
Jessica Oesterle, ‘Respira’
Joni Hobbs, ‘Lavender Rhy and The Moon Room’
Kerry Craven, ‘Meggie’
Judge Brenda Carre’s chosen winners will be announced tomorrow, November 15th! Until then, we would like to thank everyone for their submissions and we wait alongside you with bated breath …
Thank you to all you amazing short fiction writers for entering this year’s Raven Short Story Contest. The preliminary judges read this treasure trove of storytelling with great relish and appreciation. We are pleased to announce, alphabetically by author first name, the longlist for the Raven.
The Raven Short Story Contest Longlist
Note: if a name appears twice, that means two stories by the same author have made the list. Double congratulations!
Alex Reece Abbot
Alex Reece Abbot
Hannah van Didden
Heidi L. Waterman
Good luck to all these writers, as we go through the difficult job of paring the list down to ten for judge Brenda Carre. The winners will be announce November 15th.
Due to the fact our managing editor is currently gallivanting around France, Spain and England, fiction and flash fiction authors have a few extra days to send us your stories.
We’re looking forward to reading these entries once Jen is back and recovered from sun, sand, and prosecco …
The Raven Short Story Contest offers a $300 top prize, print and e-publication. (Want feedback on your story? Get a professional critique from one of the Pulp Literature editors for only $25 more.)
Show us your most scintillating treasures in the form of short fiction up to 2500 words in length and you could be the one bringing home $300 to line your nest! Enter the contest here.
Why enter your latest short story in the Raven Short Story Contest?
With a top prize of $300, entries limited to 200, and editors eager to read your 250 to 2,000 word tale, you’ve got a great chance of bringing home a Raven prize.
Flash Fiction geniuses take note!
Judge Brenda Carre writes gorgeous fantasy, but she loves the taste of different styles of storytelling and reads avidly across the genres.
More good news: your entry fee of $20 includes a $17.99 value 1-year digital subscription to Pulp Literature, full of more great reads all year long.
Mutiple entries welcome. We can’t wait to read them.
Cheers from your Pulp Literature Press Editors
We are happy to announce the winner of the Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize!
The winning story is ‘Just Down the Hall’ by Jeanette Topar.
Our final judge, Bob Thurber, enjoyed reading all of the finalists several times before deciding that ‘Just Down the Hall‘ “had qualities that glowed in the dark atmosphere and sense of dread the story presents. Nicely done.”
Congratulations to our winner!
Here’s a taste of Jeanette Topar’s winning story.
Truth was, Mrs. Cole had become a little afraid of 902. Late in the evenings she’d hear 902’s footsteps slide across the tiled hallway, hesitating outside her door. “Is this my place?” her neighbour would ask. Mrs. Cole would mute the volume on her TV and hold her breath as she sat quietly in her tidy living room waiting for the woman to shuffle away. The last few times Mrs. Cole had encountered her, 902 was wearing nothing but a gray slip that blended with the color of her skin and matched her hair…
Jeanette Topar receives $300 and publication of her haunting tale in Pulp Literature Issue 17, Winter 2018.
The Editor’s Choice
For the Editor’s Choice, we had to think very hard before selecting from the titles in the Hummingbird Prize long list. But we were united at last in selecting the moving story ‘The Bruised Peach’ by William Kaufmann. This story will also appear in Issue 17 of Pulp Literature, Winter 2018.
Congratulations to our winners. And a big thanks to our fine entrants. Our deep appreciation goes to final judge Bob Thurber and his keen judgement of flash fiction. Bob Thurber is known throughout the flash fiction universe for his intense, no-holds-barred storytelling, and is the author of Nickel Fictions: 50 Exceedingly Brief Stories, Paperboy: A Dysfunctional Novel, and Nothing But Trouble.
Our next contest, The Raven Short Story Contest, opens September 1st. Stay on top of all our contests by subscribing to our free newsletter.
After much deliberation, the editors are pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 Hummingbird Prize. In alphabetical order by story, the shortlist is as follows:
- “A Pop of Purple” by Sarah Chamberlain
- “All Day Every Day” by CE Mandybura
- “Bequest” by Soramimi Hanarejima
- “Choosing Guns” by Linda Kirkby
- “Coasting” by Melanie Cossey
- “Commonplace Permit” by Ella Christie
- “Just Down the Hall” by Jeanette Topar
- “Late Blight” by KT Wagner
- “Pilgrimage” by Alex Reece Abbott
- “The Bruised Peach” by William Kaufmann
- “The Cure” by Salvatore Difalco
Congratulations to all the authors! The winner as chosen by Bob Thurber will be announced on July 15th.
Hold on to your hats! (You’ll need them, with all this downright hot and sunny weather we’ve been having.) Our editorial team has come up with a longlist for this year’s Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize.
The longlisted stories, in alphabetical order:
- A Pop of Purple
- All Day Every Day
- Below the Line
- Choosing Guns
- Coco and Peanut
- Commonplace Permit
- Just Down the Hall
- Late Blight
- My Recurring Dream Each Time I Start to Drift on the Sofa
- The Bruised Peach
- The Collector
- The Cure
- The Taste Tester
Thank you to all the authors who submitted stories. It was a pleasure to read them. Winners will be announced on July 15th!
The Raven contest opens September 1st. Sign up for our free newsletter to be notified of contest openings, launches, and other events.
Our tireless poetry editor Daniel Cowper has been up late every night for the past weeks, reading and re-reading the wonderful poems that our Magpie gathered this year. The finalists have been passed onto judge Renée Saklikar and we will announce her findings next week. In the meantime, here are the shortlisted poets:
Congratulations to all of you, and double congrats to Trudi Benford who has two poems in the running. Best of luck in the final round!
The Hummingbird Flash Fiction Prize is currently open for entries until June 15th. To stay abreast of all our contest openings, be sure to sign up for our free monthly newsletter.