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 :
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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