Tara Lynn Masih

Marquis Who's Who Biographee2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement AwardTara Masih grew up on Long Island's north shore, in the small harbor town of East Northport. After graduating from C.W. Post College, she moved to Boston and earned an MA in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College, where she taught freshman composition and grammar and tutored students with writing problems. She has worked as a publisher's assistant to Pym-Randall Press; as an assistant editor to STORIES literary magazine; as an editorial assistant at Little, Brown's college division; and as a book editor at Bedford Books/St. Martin's Press.

Since 1993 she has worked full-time as a freelance book packager, copyeditor, and proofreader for such companies as Houghton Mifflin, Ballantine Books, and Harvard University Press. Tara has published fiction, poetry, essays, profiles, and articles (Confrontation, The Caribbean Writer, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, Five Points, Natural Bridge), and her essays have been read on NPR.

She was a regular contributor to the Indian-American and Masala magazines, in which her essays on the topic of race and culture were often featured. She appears in A Directory of American Poets and Fiction Writers; Who's Who in America; Who's Who of American Women; and received the 2018 Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. She has served on the advisory board for the Robert Frost Foundation, and judged the annual Soul-Making Literary Competition's Intercultural Essay Prize sponsored by the San Francisco branch of the National League of American Pen Women.

Much of her writing is set within the framework of nature and place, a result of the years she spent outdoors in the woods and on the shores of Long Island Sound. She LOVES history, flowers, anything vintage, the beach, the marshes, chocolate, and family time.

Brief Writer's Bio for Press

Tara Lynn Masih has won multiple book awards as editor of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction and The Chalk Circle: Intercultural Prizewinning Essays. Author of My Real Name Is Hanna (a Skipping Stones Honor Award Book) and Where the Dog Star Never Glows: Stories, she has published fiction, poetry, and essays in numerous anthologies and literary magazines (including Confrontation, Hayden's Ferry Review, Natural Bridge, The Los Angeles Review, Pleiades, and The Caribbean Writer). Several limited edition illustrated chapbooks featuring her flash fiction have been published by The Feral Press and archived at such universities as Yale and NYU, and awards for her work include The Ledge Magazine's fiction award, The Lou P. Bunce Creative Writing Award, a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist fiction grant, and Pushcart Prize, Best New American Voices, and Best of the Web nominations.

Select Interviews

The Writer An Interview with Tara Lynn Masih: Author & Publisher

Off-the-Book-Page Coverage

Where the Dog Star Never Glows mentioned in Ladies' Home Journal

Writing and Publishing Awards

  • The Wigleaf Top 50 (very) Short Fictions List 2015 ("The Mystery Spot")
  • Finalist, 2014 Reynolds Price Prize in Fiction ("If You Had Stopped")
  • Silver medal, 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards (The Chalk Circle)
  • Silver medal, 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards (The Chalk Circle)
  • 2012 New England Book Festival runner-up award (The Chalk Circle)
  • 2012 Skipping Stones Honor Award (The Chalk Circle)
  • Pushcart Prize nomination, 2011 ("Pieta")
  • Finalist, Best Books 2010 (from USA Book News, for Where the Dog Star Never Glows)
  • Pushcart Prize nominations, 2010 ("Tracks and Traces"--creative nonfiction; "Delight"--story)
  • Bronze medal, 2009 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards (Flash Field Guide)
  • A Featured Writer Award from Hedge-Witchery.com
  • 55 Words guest story winner, May 2008 ("The VW and the Caddy")
  • Second place, Jane's Stories Press Foundation Flash Fiction Award, 2008 ("This Heat")
  • Best of the Web nomination, 2007 ("Suspended")
  • Second place, Carolyn A. Clark Flash Fiction Prize/Soul-Making Literary Competition Pen Women, 2005 ("Catalpa")
  • Finalist fiction grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (1996)
  • First place, The Ledge's 1995 fiction contest ("The Dark Sun")
  • Florida Literary Foundation short story winner, 1993 ("Say Bridgitte, Please")
  • Pushcart Prize nomination, 1992 ("Turtle Hunting")
  • Best of Show, PacKAGING Women/Cell.ing Women 1991 poetry and art exhibit ("Will the Real Madonna Please Stand Up?") for both poem and photo
  • First place, The Paper Bag's 1989 short-short fiction contest for best stories of the year
  • Bookbuilders of Boston Scholarship, 1985
  • Lou P. Bunce Creative Writing Award, 1985
  • Second place, Loomings' 1984 literary contest ("Gray Afternoon")
Tara Masih

Latest News

Thanks to the Traveling Sisters for reading Hanna in their book club and for interviewing me. It was a great experience to have contact in both directions: Author Q & A with My Real Name is Hanna by Tara Lynn Masih

Speaking of bookclubs, I'm honored that Cindy Hudson, author of Book by Book: The Complete Guide to Creating Mother-Daughter Book Clubs, highly recommends Hanna. You can read her full review here.

I'm looking forward to Florida events in Miami, St. Augustine, Jacksonville and Maitland this winter. Several of them support charities, so please come out if you are local!

Hanna wins a 2018 Skipping Stones Honor Award!

I'm excited to announce my WWII novel, set in Ukraine, is forthcoming from the wonderful Mandel Vilar Press. Due out Fall 2018. I spent several years writing and researching this book, inspired by a true story about a family who hid in caves to avoid the Nazis who were invading their countryside. It's an important story that needs to be told, and I'm thrilled MVP is supporting it. I love what they do at the press.

The third volume of Best Small Fictions just launched into the Top 100 anthology bestsellers list again at Amazon. This is my last volume as series editor. Sherrie Flick will be taking over for 2018, with Aimee Bender guest editing. I was always planning to step down after two years, but had to remain to make the transition to a new publisher. I will miss working with the guest editors and authors but am looking forward to more time for my own writing. I'm happy to have founded this series and grateful it will continue on, I hope for many years to come.

Chalk Circle is being used at many universities, colleges, and even high schools, including Columbia, NYU, Rutgers-Newark, Salem State, Tiffin U, and Xavier. If you are an instructor you get a discounted review copy through your college bookstore or a free digital desk copy from Wyatt-MacKenzie.