The winner of each contest will be announced in early May.

Last year's winner was Robert McKean's collection I'll Be Here for You. Publication in July, 2020


Tartts Fiction Award, rules 2019

1. Winning short story collection will be published by Livingston Press at the University of West Alabama, in simultaneous library binding and trade paper editions. Winning entry will receive $1000, plus our standard royalty contract, which includes 100 copies of the book.

2. Author must not  have book of short fiction published at time of entry, though novels are okay. In keeping with Tartt’s biography, we are looking for an author who has yet to publish a fiction collection.

3. Stories may have been previously published by magazines or in anthologies, though the author should have all rights. Magazines will be acknowledged. Include a list of publications, if so desired.

4. Manuscripts must be typewritten, and we will ask for a computer file in Windows/Mac Word from the winning author and from the finalists for our anthology.

5. Manuscript length: 160-275 pages.

6. Deadline for postmark: December 31 of every year.

7. Entry fee: No entry fee this year.

8. No manuscripts will be returned. Please send only a copy. You may include an SASE for acknowledgement of  receipt, or simply use your cancelled check to indicate such. We notify contestants of receipt as soon as the contest entry date has passed. We also notify all entrants of the winner and those picked for the anthology.

9. Winner announced in late spring, with publication in next spring.

10. Winner must be an American citizen; work must be in English.

11. Style and content of manuscripts are completely open.

12. Finalists will be considered for our regular publication schedule and for our Tartt Anthology.

13. Send manuscripts and check to :

                                                                        Livingston Press

                                                                        The University of West Alabama

                                                                        100 North Washington Street

                                                                        Livingston, Alabama 35470





PAST WINNERS:     first        Melissa Fraterrigo                The Longest Pregnancy

                                 second    Philip Cioffari                        A History of Things Lost or Broken

                                 third        Xujun Eberlein                     Apologies Forthcoming

                                 fourth      Stacia Saint Owens              Auto-Erotica

                                 fifth         M. O. Walsh                         A Prospect of Magic

                                 sixth        Kurt Jose Ayau                    The Brick Murder: A Tragedy and other stories

                                 seventh    Josie Sigler                          The Galaxie and Other Rides

                                 eighth       John Oliver Hodges            The Love Box

                                  ninth          Tara Mantel                       Elemental

                                 tenth          Maureen Millea Smith      The Enigma of Iris Murphy

                                 eleventh     John Shea                          Tales from Websster's

                                 twelfth        Amos Jasper Wright         Nobody Knows How It Got This Good

                                 thirteenth     Kendall Klym                    Step Lightly 

                                 fourteenth    Robert McKean                I'll Be Here for You


Past Runner ups:    third        Carol Manley                    Church Booty

                                 seventh   Eric Sasson                       Margins of Tolerance

                                 seventh   Robert McVey                 We Have a Pie

                                eighth    Pat Mayer                            Two Legs, Bad

                                 eighth    Armond Boudreaux            That He May Raise

                                 ninth        Betty Jean Tucker           On a darkling Plain

                                 ninth        Gregg Cusick                    MyFather Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible

PAST TARTTS STORIES:   For a complete list, see the Tartt books, under fiction.



Purpose: Though Ruby Pickens Tartt worked for the Works Project Association in collecting slave narratives in Alabama, and though she was published in several literary magazines, her work was only collected under her name and published posthumously. Accordingly, we are hoping to give a beginning fiction writer a chance for publication. All styles considered: we are in the South, not particularly of it.


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