Congratulations to the following authors for being one of twenty semi-finalists for this year’s Tillie Olsen Short Story Award contest. The Tishman Review received over 275 entries, so making it to the Top Twenty is no small accomplishment. Some of these stories will move on to the Top Ten and one of these stories will be named the Winner. Stories are listed in alphabetical order of author surname. Stay tuned for more!
Adam Kotlarczyk’s fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. His stories have appeared in such publications as The Tishman Review, The First Line, Alt Hist, Dual Coast Magazine, Dovetales Literary Journal, With Painted Words, and SQ Mag. Adam has written articles and produced scholarship for publications including The Illinois Association for Gifted Children Journal and Notes on American Literature. He recently completed his first novel, a fantasy epic. Adam has a Ph.D. in English and teaches literature and writing at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, a public residential high school near Chicago for gifted and talented students.
You can read more of Adam’s writing here:
“Prison Ghost Tours, Inc.” in With Painted Words
“The Super Sea Trade League Strike Force (TM)” in Cahoodaloodaling
“Outbreak” in SQ Mag
“Big Teacher” in The Tishman Review 2.2
Oshini by Grace Singh Smith
Sangfroid in Two Movements by Lee Kvern
How Poor People Decorate by LB Johnston
Vacancy by Keren Heenan
Boat People by Y.L. Fein
Make Your Mother Happy by billy lombardo
The Road to Leongatha by Alex Reece Abbott
Let Mythical Beasts Flourish by David Armstrong
Addition by Ksenia Lakovic
The Nebraska Hula by Kendall Klym
Somebody Else’s Christmas by Shayne Laughter
The Paring Knife by Brady Huggett
Cindy Jack and the Town Drunks by Markus Egeler Jones
Crocodile in the Elevator by Gail Schwartz
Such Sweet Thunder by David Norman
The Star Spiders by Douglas Thiele
We Began to Live by Jennifer Gravley
Drenched by Israela Margalit
The Easy One by John Maki
Thank you to everyone who entered the contest.
The Tishman Review is very honored to announce that Alice Mattison has agreed to final judge our first Tillie Olsen Short Story Award.
Alice Mattison’s book about writing, The Kite and the String: How to Write with Spontaneity and Control—and Live to Tell the Tale, will be published by Viking in August, 2016. Alice Mattison is also the author of six novels, four collections of stories, and a book of poems. She teaches fiction in the MFA program in writing and literature at Bennington College, and lives in New Haven, CT.
“It’s a great honor to judge a contest named for Tillie Olsen, one of my favorite writers—though she didn’t write much: her only complete book of fiction, published in 1961, is Tell Me a Riddle. It consists of four stories about attempting to make connections to others and express love despite illness and old age, racial discrimination, poverty, and just the inborn difficulty of being human. Her fiercely progressive political stance is firmly grounded in ordinary life.
When I judge stories, I start reading each one full of optimism, expecting it to be true to what I understand of human psychology, to be free of clichés, and to be about events that matter. Every story is a winner until I don’t believe it, or it’s trite, or it’s boring, or I come to the end and nothing has happened. Choosing among the good ones is hard. I pick those that make the top of my head float off.”