Tara Tamburello Named Winner of 3rd Annual Short-Fiction Contest
The Langhorne resident read from her winning story Dec. 7; 2nd-place finisher Emily Weber-Wood and 3rd-place winner Jennifer Giacolone also read at the Newtown Campus reception
Tara Tamburello of Langhorne has won first place in the third annual Bucks County Short-Fiction contest, officials at Bucks County Community College announced.
Tamburello won a $200 honorarium for her story, “Country Crypt.” She read portions of her story at a reception Saturday, December 7, in Tyler Hall on the Newtown Campus.
Also reading at the celebration were second-place winner Emily Weber-Wood of Doylestown, who took home $100 for her story, “The Swift Completion of Appointed Rounds.”
Joining in was Jennifer Giacolone of Doylestown, who captured the $50 third-place prize for “Les Masques.”
The final judge, Philadelphia-area novelist Kelly Simmons, also spoke at the reception. Simmons is the author of several mysteries, including the recently published Where She Went.
Simmons called Tamburello’s “Country Crypt” “…a gorgeously vibrant portrait of grief and dread [that] offers the reader abundant tension and story questions throughout…. [The] terrific opening paragraph features a vivid description of the room and its dusty wonders, utilizing wonderful metaphors – like the desk drawer’s underbite – to make the home come quite literally alive.”
The judge lauded Weber-Wood’s “The Swift Completion of Appointed Rounds” by remarking that the story “takes a clever idea and prompts a host of thought-provoking ideas in the reader’s mind – how does the mail system work in a near-future without electricity? When the state no longer pays anyone to do so, does anyone step up?”
Simmons called Giacolone’s “Les Masques” “a fascinating choice of subject matter that opens a whole new door to the perils of war,” adding that the story “features plenty of satisfying tension between characters.”
The annual Bucks County Short-Fiction Contest is open to adults who are residents of Bucks County. A similar contest for Bucks County high school students is held in the spring.
The contest is funded by Bucks County Community College, and receives support from the Department of Language and Literature. For more information, contact Professor Elizabeth Luciano, the contest administrator, at Elizabeth.Luciano@bucks.edu or 215-968-8167.