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The George Garrett Fiction Prize


Established in 1998, The George Garrett Fiction Prize highlights one book a year for excellence in a short story collection or novel. Since 2019 the Prize comes with a $1,000 advance, a standard royalty contract, and 20 copies of the published book.

Submissions open each year on July 1 and close on September 30.
Please note this new submission period.

Guidelines, Submissions, and List of Previous Winners

Winner of the 2021 George Garrett Fiction Prize:

Transmission, by J.E. Sumerau

Selected by Selah Saterstrom
Forthcoming Spring 2023

Submission Guidelines

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General Guidelines

Manuscript Guidelines

Selah Saterstrom


2021 Judge: Selah Saterstrom

TRP is honored to announce that novelist Selah Saterstrom is the 2021 Judge of the George Garrett Fiction Prize. Author of five rapturous books of prose–Rancher (2021); Ideal Suggestions: Essays in Divinatory Poetics; Slab: On that Hallelujah Day when Tiger & Preacher Met; The Meat and Spirit Plan; and The Pink InstitutionSaterstrom offers readings, lectures, and workshops across the United States. She is the director of Creative Writing at the University of Denver.

George Garrett

George Garrett (1929-2008), for whom this competition is named, is the author of thirty-two books and editor or co-editor of nineteen others. He earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from Princeton University and taught for forty years at the University of Virginia. Among his honors and awards are the Rome Prize of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Sewanee Review Fellowship in Poetry, fellowships from the Guggenheim, Ford, and Rockefeller Foundations, and the National Endowment for the Arts. He won the T.S. Eliot Award of the Ingersoll Foundation, the Aiken Taylor Award for Modern American Poetry, the PEN/Malamud Award for Excellence in Short Fiction, and an Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. 

Previous Winners

2021: J.E. Sumerau – Transmission

2020: Jenny Shank – Mixed Company

2019: William Black – In the Valley of the Kings

2018: Susan Lowell – Two Desperados 

2017: Jim Kelly – Pitchman’s Blues

2016: James Ulmer – The Fire Doll

2015: Jeff P. Jones – Love Give Us One Death

2014: Kathy Flann – Get A Grip

2013: Stephen March The Gold Piano

2012: Tim Parrish – The Jumper

2011: Starner JonesPurple Church

2010: David Armand – The Pugilist’s Wife

2009: Richard Spilman – The Estate Sale

2008: Mary Kuykendall-Weber River Roots

2007: Jack Smith – Hog To Hog

2006: Meg Moceri – Sky Full of Burdens

2005: Jacqueline Bautista – Fiestas

2004: Gail Mount – Pitching Tents

2004: Mark Brazaitis – An American Affair

2003: Steve Sherwood – Hardwater

2003: John Cottle – The Blessings of Hard-Used Angels

2002: Thomas Cobb – Acts of Contrition

2002: Clay Reynolds – Ars Poetica

2001: Naton LeslieMarconi’s Dream and Other Stories

2000: Roger Hart – Erratics

1999: Don Meredith – Wing Walking

1998: Peter Leach – Tales of Resistance