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