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

2020 Judge: Joe Wilkins

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2020 Judge: Joe Wilkins

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Joe Wilkins is the author of a novel, Fall Back Down When I Die, praised as “remarkable and unforgettable” in a starred review at Booklist and short-listed for the First Novel Award and the Pacific Northwest Book Award. He is also the author of a memoir, The Mountain and the Fathers, and four collections of poetry, including When We Were Birds, winner of the Oregon Book Award, and, most recently, Thieve. Wilkins grew up north of the Bull Mountains of eastern Montana and now lives with his family in western Oregon.

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:

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

2001: Naton LeslieMarconi’s Dream and Other Stories

2000: Roger Hart – Erratics

1999: Don Meredith – Wing Walking

1998: Peter Leach – Tales of Resistance