And the Winner is …

And the winners are ...

Our Top Ten for the Tillie Olsen Short Story Award 2018

Congratulations to the following authors for making the TOP TEN in the 2018 Tillie Olsen Short Story Award! One of these semi-finalists will be named the winner.

  1. Earth by Vanessa Garcia
  2. The Valley of Death by Jeannette Garrett
  3. Kitty Love by Ann Kammerer
  4. With the Sparrow by Mimi Kawahara
  5. night out by Kay Lin
  6. A Matter of Rocks by Judith McKenzie
  7. A set of distances by Rachael Mead
  8. Attention by Marianne Rogoff
  9. An Altar of Skins by Jeremy Schnotala
  10. Rehabilitation by Julie Zuckerman

 

Tillie Olsen Short Story Award 2018 Top Twenty Semi-Finalists

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!

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  • 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

 

And the WINNER Is …

The Tishman Review is pleased to announce that final judge Linda LeGarde Grover has selected the short story “Confluence” by Adam Kotlarczyk as the WINNER of the 2017 Tillie Olsen Short Story Award!

 

Adam Kotlarczyk
Adam Kotlarczyk

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

Congratulations, Adam!

 

Tillie Olsen Short Story Award 2017 Special Mention by Linda LeGarde Grover

Oshini by Grace Singh Smith

Tillie Olsen Short Story Award 2017 Semi-Finalists

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

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Thank you to everyone who entered the contest. 

The Tishman Review 3.3 Launches on July 30th with the Winning Short Story, the Special Mention, and two of the Semi-Finalists! Upcoming issues will also host other semi-finalists. Fabulous stories to knock your slippers about and make sure we remember Tillie Olsen.

Alice Mattison is the Final Judge for the Tillie Olsen Short Story Award 2016!

51QMkYSn4uLThe 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.

Alice writes:

“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.”