Channel your inner raven and bring us your cleverest short stories! The Raven Short Story Contest is open until October 15th, and we want to see what inventive short stories you have hidden in your nests.
CC Humphreys, prolific author of The Jack Absolute Series, Shakespeare’s Rebel, Plague, and Fire, along with the newly released Chasing the Wind, returns to judge the 2018 Raven Short Story Contest. Past winners include ‘The Tape’ by Elaine McDivitt (Issue 18), ‘The Handler’ by Pat Flewwelling (Issue 14), ‘Black Blizzard’ by Emily Linstrom (Issue 10), and ‘The Inner Light’ by Krista Wallace (Issue 6).
First prize in the Raven Short Story Contest is $300 and print and e-publication to a loyal international readership. The 2018 winner will be announced November 15th! Previously unpublished short stories of up to 2500 words will be considered–enter before midnight, October 15th!
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 …
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.
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 Announcing the Winner of the 2015 Raven Short Story Contest
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 The Long and Short of the Raven Contest
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 Character Growth and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo
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 Contest Deadline Approaching!
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.