As chosen by Brenda Carre, our final judge for the Raven Short Story Contest, here are the winners.
- First place: ‘Black Blizzard’, Emily Linstrom
- Runner-up: ‘Lament for iCarus’, by Patrick Bollivar
- Honourable mention: ‘Flight of the Gods’ by Brent Kellmer
A master of many genres, judge Brenda Carre writes fantasy, science fiction, and historical short stories and novels, as well as spicy historical romance under the pen-name Tess Cornwall. Her short fiction has appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, and The Blacklist anthology to name a few. Her recent novelette, Finnraziel, can be found in The Edge of Never paranormal romance collection. Here’s what she had to say about the entries: Continue reading
We were thoroughly impressed with the quality of stories we received for this year’s Raven Short Story Contest. It seems as if each contest we run pushes the bar higher. To choose our long list all three editors read the entries and give them a ‘yes’, ‘no’ or ‘maybe’. The ‘maybe’s are crucial, because a ‘yes’ is worth two points and a ‘maybe’ worth one. Our long list is then made up of every story that received at least two points — meaning at least one editor liked it a lot, or at least two editors thought it had potential.
This is important, as we want to give our final judge, Brenda Carre, a broad selection of stories to choose from. Fiction is so subjective, not just from person to person, but from day to day. Sometimes a story that doesn’t grab you one night may captivate you on the second read because you’re in a different mood. So here is the longlist, made up of the twenty-six stories we felt had winning potential: Continue reading