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!
- Our Red Fish by Christopher Amato
- Snow Rose Thick Where It Met the Ice by Corey Campbell
- You’re Here Now by Lisa Cupolo
- Outrageous Fortune by Dwight Curtis
- The Marchioness by Corey Flintoff
- Earth by Vanessa Garcia
- The Valley of Death by Jeannette Garrett
- Panic by Pamela Hartmann
- Kitty Love by Ann Kammerer
- With the Sparrow by Mimi Kawahara
- night out by Kay Lin
- El Tigre by Susan Lowell
- A Matter of Rocks by Judith McKenzie
- A set of distances by Rachael Mead
- The Zeru by James Musgrave
- Tin’s Story by Wendy Riley
- Attention by Marianne Rogoff
- An Altar of Skins by Jeremy Schnotala
- Weekly Maintenance by Sonal Sher
- Rehabilitation by Julie Zuckerman
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.”