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Bob Thurber (b. 1955) 


“I’m unschooled. Self-taught. No academic credentials of any kind, no degrees in literature or anything else. I don’t say that to be snide towards a proper education, merely to point out the raw aspect of my work and what some have praised as the 'unique quality' and 'authenticity' of my voice. Though I lack formal training, I did undergo a long apprenticeship, maintaining a strict , rather obsessive, daily routine of study and writing for over 20 years before I attempted to publish.”

"I've had more success than I ever aspired to, received more praise and prizes than I imagined my work would bring, and these days, despite vision loss, I’m a happy guy with a nice home, a loving and supportive family, and a few near and dear friends whom I would do anything for and vice versa. I’m talking about people you can call up at 3 AM and, without batting an eye, they’d raise bail money or pay your ransom."

— Grew up “dirt poor” in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

A stone-throw from the Slater Mill on the Blackstone River.

— Graduated Tolman high school “by the skin of his teeth.” 

— At the age of 19, bought a used electric typewriter and set out to become a writer. (Still owns a couple of manual typewriters.) Fed a roll of paper to the machine so he wouldn't have to stop typing to reload sheets.

— Though he never attended a writing class, he studied and wrote nearly every day for 20 years before he submitted his work for publication. 

— Sold his first story at the age of 42 to a local newspaper. 

— Went on to publish  a few hundred more, and receive a long list of awards and citations.

— Bob is the author of six books. He's got a few more in the works.

— Has been called: A raw and unique talent, A maestro of micro-fiction, A pioneer of Flash Fiction, An emotional terrorist, and The Sam Peckinpah of Flash Fiction.

— His work has appeared in over 60 anthologies. 

— A number of his stories have been used in schools and colleges, on reading assessments, oral interpretations, as 'teaching tools" and examples of concise prose.

— Lives in Massachusetts, where, despite severe vision loss, he still manages to write every day. 

— His debut novel “PAPERBOY: A Dysfunctional Novel” was original released in May, 2011 from Casperian Books. A second edition of the book was released in 2016 from Shanti Arts.

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  ​​(2000 - 2015)

• Winner of The Barry Hannah Fiction Prize

• Winner of The Marjory Bartlett Sanger Award

• Finalist for The Donald Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

• Winner of Newport Review's Flash Fiction Contest

• Winner of Ramble Underground’s Fiction Contest

• Flashquake, 1st Prize for Fiction

• Winner of The Meridian Editors' Prize

• Finalist for Southeast Review's "World's Best Short Short Story"

• 2nd Prize in Missouri Writer's Guild award, Flash Fiction

• Three consecutive “Firebox Fiction” Awards From Night Train

• Finalist for The Eric Hoffer Prose Award

• Finalist for Writer's Digest Short-Short Contest

• Runner up in Geist’s Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest 

• 2nd Prize, Flashquake Fiction

• 2nd Prize in Lumina's National Flash Fiction Contest

• Finalist for Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Contest

• 2 Honorable Mentions in Geist’s Literal Literary Postcard Story Contest,

• Finalist for Orchid's Fiction Contest

• Winner of Word Riot's Flash Fiction Contest

• Editor's Choice Award for Online Fiction

• Finalist for Writer's Digest Short-Short Contest

• Three Citations from The New England Writers Association, 

• Received Linnaean Street’s “Prix de Linnaeus” award

• Readers Choice Award for Online Fiction

• Orchid's Short Fiction Contest, 2 Honorable Mentions

• New Millennium Writings Award,  2 Honorable Mentions

• Missouri Writer's Guild award for Flash Fiction, 2nd Prize

• Winner of the Whidbey Writers Workshop Students'  Choice Award

• Soul Making Literary contest, 3rd Prize, Flash Fiction

• Finalist for Esquire’s Short-short Fiction Contest

• 2nd Prize in Literary Juice’s Fiction Contest

• Winner of Vocabula’s Well Written Contest

• Penn Cove Literary Arts Award (0ct. 2013)

• Hall of Fame /

• Story of The Year /


• Multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize

• Selections have appeared in over 75 anthologies including the anthology Best New Writing 2016, and the The Marie Alexander Poetry Series Nothing To Declare: A Guide to The Flash Sequence


I took to writing at an early age to escape from meaninglessness, uselessness, unimportance, insignificance, poverty, enslavement, ill health, despair, madness, and all manner of other unattractive, natural and inevitable things.

— William Saroyan

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