This contest honors award-winning author George Garrett (1929-2008), a master storyteller who never quite received the recognition he deserved. The wide range of Garrett’s interests and subjects is often blamed for his lack of recognition, and for that reason, we do not restrict this contest with regard to subject. We do, however, look for technical proficiency. Disregard for grammar or mechanics will see an entry disqualified faster than anything else. We want to read a compelling story, well-told. We want to meet characters that come alive, and while we value originality, we tend to favor traditional story-telling over abstract styles.
George Garrett judged the contest up to the time of his death in 2008. Eric Miles Williamson took over in 2009, and has been our final judge since then.
- Manuscripts may be novels or short story collections with a total word count of between 40,000 and 120,000 words.
- All submissions must be made electronically through our Submittable account.
- The authors name should not appear anywhere on the manuscript.
- All entries should be double-spaced, in 12-point Times New Roman font, with page numbers.
- A cover letter should be included with your entry. This is to be copied and pasted into the Submittable entry form, not included with the manuscript itself.
- A reading fee of $20 must accompany each manuscript.
- Winning manuscripts will be published the year after acceptance.
- Winners will receive 20 free copies of their books.
- Winner will be announced on the Texas Review Press website.
- Entries close on September 15.