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Carver Short Story Contest Winners

Featured both online and in Carve Magazine‘s first print issue (Fall 2012) are the winners of the 2012 Raymond Carver Short Story Contest. Selected among 691 entries, 39 semi-finalists, and 7 finalists, the five winners were selected by blind voting.

The 2012 guest judge was Bridget Boland, a “a Dallas-based writer whose work has appeared in Conde Nast Women’s Sports and Fitness, YogaChicago, and The Essential Chicago. Her debut novel, The Doula, will be published by Simon and Schuster in September 2012. Ms. Boland teaches writing classes on fiction and memoir, coaches other writers, and offers seminars on yoga, energetics and writing as life process tools. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, a JD from Loyola University of Chicago, and is the recipient of five residencies at The Ragdale Foundation for Writers and Artists.”


First Place: $1000

“The Odyssey” by Jia Tolentino in Houston, TX

Second Place: $750
“The Third Element” by Jodi Paloni in Marlboro, VT

Third Place: $500
“Neuropathy” by Kathy Flann in Baltimore, MD

Two Editor’s Choice: $250 each
“Starlings” by Joseph Johnson in Ellensburg, WA (Matthew)
“Floating on Water” by Dalia Rosenfeld in Charlottesville, VA (Kristin)

The “longlist” (39 semi-finalists) can be found on the website and interviews with the winning authors and the comments from Boland are exclusive to the print issue.

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