Author and lawyer Scott Turow will select the prize-winning story in the 2020 Nick Adams Short Story Contest.
The annual competition, named after the young protagonist of many stories by Ernest Hemingway, is open to students at ACM colleges and awards a prize of $1,000 for the winning story. Students can enter the contest by submitting their short stories to their campus English department. Mr. Turow will select the winner from a group of finalist stories.
Scott Turow is the bestselling author of eleven novels and two works of nonfiction, which have sold more than thirty million copies worldwide. He has contributed numerous essays and op-ed pieces to The New York Times, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic.
A native of Chicago, Mr. Turow earned an undergraduate degree from Amherst College, accepted a creative writing fellowship at Stanford University, and later graduated from Harvard Law School. After prosecuting several high-profile corruption cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Chicago, Mr. Turow wrote the legal thriller Presumed Innocent (1987). A feature film adaptation of the novel, starring Harrison Ford, was released in 1990.
Mr. Turow has won multiple literary awards, including the British Crime Writers’ Association 1987 Silver Dagger award for Presumed Innocent. Personal Injuries was named the Best Work of Fiction of 1999 by Time magazine. Mr. Turow won the Heartland Prize for Reversible Errors in 2003 and the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights 2004 Book award for Ultimate Punishment. He received the Carl Sandberg Award for Fiction in 2016.
The Nick Adams Short Story Contest, held annually since 1973, was established with funds from an anonymous donor to encourage fiction writing at ACM colleges. Past final judges have included such writers as Maya Angelou, John Updike, Audrey Niffenegger, Larry Heinemann, Bharati Mukherjee, Joyce Carol Oates, Anne Tyler, and Stuart Dybek.
The results of the competition will be announced by April.