The George Garrett Prize

Established in 1998, The George Garrett Fiction Prize seeks to highlight 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 October 1 and close on December 31. To submit please visit our online submission manager

The George Garrett Fiction Prize

2019 Judge:

General Guidelines

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2019 Judge:

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:

2018: Susan Lowell  Two Desperados 

2017: Jim KellyPitchman’s Blues


2016: James UlmerThe Fire Doll


2015: Jeff P. JonesLove Give Us One Death


2014: Kathy FlannGet A Grip


2013: Stephen MarchThe Gold Piano


2012: Tim ParrishThe Jumper


2011: Starner JonesPurple Church

2010: David ArmandThe Pugilist’s Wife


2009: Richard SpilmanThe Estate Sale


2008: Mary Kuykendall-WeberRiver Roots


2007: Jack SmithHog To Hog


2006: Meg MoceriSky Full of Burdens


2005: Jacqueline BautistaFiestas


2004: Gail MountPitching Tents


2004: Mark BrazaitisAn American Affair


2003: Steve SherwoodHardwater


2003: John CottleThe Blessings of Hard-Used Angels


2002: Thomas CobbActs of Contrition


2001: Naton LeslieMarconi’s Dream and Other Stories


2000: Roger HartErratics


1999: Don MeredithWing Walking


1998: Peter LeachTales of Resistance