Tompkins Cortland Professor Phil Tate Wins National Writing ContestSeptember 26, 2011
Tompkins Cortland Community College Professor Phil Tate has won a prestigious Glimmer Train Press award for his story "Gas." The award, in the "Open Fiction" category, came after a national competition sponsored by the Oregon-based literary publication. Tate won a $2,000 prize and "Gas" will be published nationally in Glimmer Train Stories.
Tate, who teaches English and creative writing at Tompkins Cortland Community College, is a graduate of Kansas State University with his MFA in fiction writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. His works have appeared in The Adirondack Review, Black Warrior Review, and Battered Suitcase. He is working on several literary and young adult novels, while also teaching aspiring writers in the College's creative writing program.