Robert Garner McBrearty

Past News

Press Release:
“Cold Night in Waterloo” published in North American Review

Winter 2019

McBrearty’s short story, “Cold Night in Waterloo,” was recently published in the North American Review, the oldest and one of the most culturally significant literary magazines in the United States.

North American Review, Winter 2019

Press Release:
“Down at Al's Pool Hall” appears in New Flash Fiction Review

September 2018

McBrearty’s flash fiction, “Down at Al's Pool Hall,” gained interest after appearing in New Flash Fiction Review, an online magazine devoted to flash fiction.

Read it here.

Press Release:
McBrearty’s The Western Lonesome Society Released by Conundrum Press

September 29, 2015

Conundrum Press (Littleton, Colo.) announced the publication of Colorado author Robert Garner McBrearty’s first novel, The Western Lonesome Society. Early reviews call it “A thing of beauty,” and “Worthy of awe.”

Learn more here.

Press Release:
“The Dishwasher” Adaptation Maine Drama Festival First-Place Winner

April 2015

A stage adaptation of Robert Garner McBrearty’s short story “The Dishwasher,” a Pushcart Prize winning story, won the Maine Drama Festival, a state competition for high school productions of one-act plays. The play will now be showcased in the New England Theater Festival, along with the winners of five other New England states.

Learn more here.

Press Release:
Posit accepts “The Story of Your Life”

April 2015

The online literary journal Posit has accepted Robert Garner McBrearty’s flash fiction, “The Story of Your Life” for publication in 2016.

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Press Release:
“The Dishwasher” wins Maine Drama Festival

March 2015

Cape Elizabeth High School took top honors yesterday in the Class A division of the Maine Drama Festival. Cape Elizabeth performed “The Dishwasher,” an adaptation of a short story by Robert Garner McBrearty. The school now goes on to compete in the New England Drama Festival in Rockport in April, along with the winners from five other New England states.

Bangor Daily News article here

Press Release:
A Night at the Y republished

November 2014

McBrearty’s first collection of short stories, A Night at the Y, has been republished by Conundrum Press. Upon its initial release, A Night at the Y was met with rave reviews and was the Boulder, Colorado, Barnes & Noble Book of the Month.

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“What Happened to Laura?” in Big Muddy

July 2014

McBrearty’s flash fiction, “What Happened to Laura?” won the 2013 Wilda Hearne Flash Fiction Contest and was published in the Summer 2014 edition of Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley. David Matteri of NewPages called Big Muddy, “as remarkable as the mighty river it is named after.” This biannual literary journal is published by the Southeast Missouri State University Press.

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Past Contest Winners

“Convergence” in North American Review

September 2013

McBrearty’s short story, “Convergence” was published in the Summer 2013 edition of North American Review. Founded in Boston in 1815, this is the oldest literary magazine in the U.S. Published four times each year, the North American Review is well-known for its early discovery of young, talented fiction writers and poets.


Press Release:
Manifest West

September 2012

McBrearty’s story, “Back in Town” has been published by Western Press Books its new collection, Manifest West: Eccentricities of Geography, A Literary Anthoogy. Students enrolled in the Certificate in Publishing program at Western State Colorado University have the opportunity to learn about the publishing industry by producing, from start to finish, a volume of the Manifest West series.

To lean about this WSCU program, click here.
To buy the book, click here.

Now available:
Episode and Birds now on Kindle

July 2012

McBrearty’s latest books are now available on Kindle. Visit the Kindle store to download them.

To download Episode, click here.
To download Let the Birds Drink in Peace, click here.

Prairie Lights on YouTube

July 2012

This year’s Prairie Lights reading from Marybeth Slonneger’s book, The Burg: A Writers’ Diner (story below) is now available for viewing on YouTube.

To watch from the beginning, click here.
To watch starting with Robert McBrearty, click here.

Press Release:
Support Literacy and the Arts

December 2011

Conundrum Press (Littleton, Colo.) Caleb Seeling, Executive Publisher and founder of The Samizdat Group ... has implemented a model of corporate philanthropy where authors and readers support partner organizations that are dedicated to promoting literacy and the arts. “I'm delighted to support such a program,” says Robert McBrearty, award-winning author of the new release from Conundrum Press, Let the Birds Drink in Peace.

Read the press release here.

Press Release:
McBrearty’s Let Birds Drink Released by Conundrum Press

October 2011

Conundrum Press (Littleton, Colo.) announced it has been working with Colorado author Robert Garner McBrearty on his new collection of short stories, which it has now released. The stories in Let the Birds Drink in Peace feature a variety of characters, from reluctant private investigators to worried brothers to kidnapped kids, and the stories’ styles range from contemplative to comedic. At the heart of them all, though, are characters willing to explore deep below the surfaces of their lives. Conundrum editorial director, Sonya Unrein, wrote, “We loved the collection when we read it and knew that it would be the perfect inaugural book.”

Learn more here.

Press Release:
Toronto WILDsound Feature Screenplay Finalist

September 2010

Authors Robert Garner McBrearty and Jack Smith were selected as finalists in the Toronto WILDsound Film Festival’s Spring 2010 Feature Screenplay contest. Each year, the festival offers screenwriters at all levels the opportunity to hear their scripts read aloud by professional actors in front of a sold out crowd of their peers. This year’s contest had 216 submissions, from which 10 finalists were selected. McBrearty and Smith's contribution, entitled “The Way Home,” is a drama about second chances, about a crumbling, dispirited man who takes heroic action to save the day—and in the process saves himself.

For McBrearty's comments about the screenplay, click here.

Press Release:
McBrearty’s Episode Released by Pocol Press

March 2009

After quietly publishing for many years in some of the most respected literary magazines in the country, McBrearty smacks a home run with this new collection and establishes himself as one of the finest short story writers around. Short stories from his new book, Episode, won Robert Garner McBrearty the prestigious Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award in 2007. David Wroblewski, author of The Story of Edgar Sawtelle, writes, “The stories in Episode are McBrearty at the top of his unique form: wry, arresting, and unshakeable.”

See more reviews here.

Press Release:
Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award

October 2007

Robert Garner McBrearty, of Louisville, Colorado, is the winner of the annual $15,000 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award. His entry to the competition was noteworthy for its blend of pathos and humor, according to the Sherwood Anderson Foundation. McBrearty submitted three short stories from a new collection of stories in progress, entitled Episode.