Tara Laskowski: 2010 Literary Awards Program

The 2015 Literary Awards Program ends on November 2nd. Grand prize is $1500, and two runner ups will receive $1000 each. Those three will also be evaluated for publication with SFWP, receiving a competitive contract for a full market, frontlist publication. There have been 39 past winners since the Program began in 2000. 90% of those winners have gone on to publication, and six of them have been published through SFWP. Yesterday, we talked about 2001 winner Charlotte Gullick. You can find all of the Program details right here.

"Tara Laskowski"

“Tara Laskowski”

Tara Laskowski walked away with the grand prize in our 2010 program, selected by judge Robert Olen Butler. She grew up in Northeastern Pennsylvania and now lives near DC. Her first publication, via Matter Press in 2012, was the indie best-seller Modern Manners For Your Inner Demons. In 2016, SFWP will be publishing her collection of short stories, Bystanders. Her fiction has been published in the Norton Anthology Flash Fiction International, Alfred Hitchcock’s Mystery Magazine, Mid-American Review, and numerous other journals, magazines, and anthologies. She was awarded the Kathy Fish Fellowship from SmokeLong Quarterly in 2009. Since 2010, she has been the editor of SmokeLong Quarterly. She and her husband, writer Art Taylor, write the column Long Story Short at the Washington Independent Review of Books. Tara earned a BA in English with a minor in writing from Susquehanna University and an MFA in Creative Writing from George Mason University.

About Bystanders:  Legacies of violence and tragedy haunt these thirteen stunning stories from Tara Laskowski, author of Modern Manners for Your Inner Demons. A woman becomes obsessed with her co-worker’s murderer; an investigative reporter with a nose for scandal finds his own life suddenly unraveling; eerie sights in a video baby monitor haunt a new mother. When the unexpected happens, these bystanders—who are not always innocent—come face to face with their own choices and fates. Bound together by danger, fear, paranoia, and the bumps we all hear in the night, these potent stories illuminate the darker side of the human condition. From a vicious newspaper strike that rocks a small Pennsylvania community to an unpredictable road trip in the vast desert of the American West, BYSTANDERS explores the ways in which terror and uncertainty both consume and invigorate us—and yet reveal our strengths, hopes, and passions.

Bystanders_SMBystanders has already received some terrific advance praise, including this gem:

“‘Short story’ and ‘thriller’ tend to be incompatible genres, but not in the hands of Tara Laskowski. Bystanders is a bold, riveting mash-up of Hitchcockian suspense and campfire-tale chills.”

—Jennifer Egan (author of A Visit from the Goon Squad and The Keep)

Find out more right here.