Tag Archives: Texas Observer Short Story Contest


Ink Upon the Furrows

In this year's Texas Observer Short Story Contest winner, Daniel Zima, publisher/editor of a Czech-language newspaper, delivers papers to his elderly neighbors in a nursing home while awaiting a buyer he suspects will never appear.

If you’re considering entering the 2019 Observer story contest, you could do worse than to write a story about a small Texas publication fighting an uphill ba...Read More


Short Story Contest Finalist: ‘Repeater’

In Jenny Staff Johnson’s “Repeater,” a woman tries to make sense of a murder-suicide next door.

Natalia Sylvester, guest judge for our 2018 short story contest, had this to say about what she looks for in a good story: “The stories that grab me and hold ...Read More