September is like a second new year. Even to those of us who are no longer in school, the slightly cooler but still-sunny days breathe fresh life into projects that have been lying dormant in the heat of summer, and invigorate us to pick up our tools of the trade and return to work with renewed vigour.
That makes September the perfect time to launch our third annual Raven Short Story Contest. We’ve dropped the entry fee by $5 this year, and the number of entrants are limited to 200, making your chances of winning superb! And we’re delighted to welcome back Brenda Carre who has graciously agreed to be our final judge again this year.
So take wing on fresh breeze of September, and send us your best short stories. May the finest-feathered fiction win!
See contest guidelines here.
For inspiration, and to glean what catches our judges’ eyes, you can read Raven winners and finalists from previous years in Pulp Literature Issue 6 and Issue 10.
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
We’ve been reading a lot of story submissions and contest entries at Pulp Literature this past week. You writers are doing so many things well.
Again and again I see examples of strength in developing characters, and one of the ways you’re doing it is setting up the character for growth by establishing flaws and problems at the start. And, as a counterpoint to this, showing us hints of the hero’s inner strength and goodness at the same time. Continue reading
For writers who work to deadlines, rev up your coffee mugs! Our Raven short story contest closes on midnight Thursday, Oct 15th. We’re seeking fiction of 500 – 5000 words in length, and we want stories that capture our attention! We’ve aptly named this the Raven contest as we are hunting for shiny treasures that we can take home to our nest. There are no specific themes so any topic or genre is welcome. Our best hint for which story to submit is this: We are looking for a solid story well told, for fiction that both grabs us with tension and executes the narrative with a unique voice. Continue reading
We’re delighted to announce that Brenda Carre will be the final judge for the Raven Short Story Contest.
Brenda has been writing fiction for many years, and completed five fantasy novels to land a New York agent while raising two sons and working as head visual arts teacher in Vancouver at the Lord Byng Mini-School of the Arts. In 2008 she parted with her agent to write short fiction. She firmly believes this ‘risk’ was the right one for her as it gave her the freedom to move into multiple genres and to tighten her plots. Best of all, both success and failure come more swiftly writing short fiction, and Brenda regards the informative editorial rejection as a valuable part of writing progress. Since 2010, Brenda’s short fiction has appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fiction River Anthologies, SkyWarrior Books, and the Blacklist Anthology from Ragnarok Publishing to name a few. She writes mystery, grimdark, science fiction, steampunk, fantasy, historical and YA.
Brenda also writes spicy historical romance as Tess Cornwall. Her novella, Drake’s Daughter, is available from Forbidden Fiction and on Amazon. Her novelette Finnraziel will be included in The Edge of Never, a boxed set of nine paranormal romance e-books to be released this month.
This diverse background in a variety of genres and formats makes Brenda an ideal judge for the diversity of stories we hope to see in the Raven contest.
You can follow Brenda on Twitter @brenda_carre or at http://www.brendacarre.com/. She is honoured to be the judge this year for the Raven Story competition.