Tara Tamburello’s writing has appeared in Rust + Moth, Menacing Hedge, The First Line, Vestal Review’s Condensed to Flash: World Classics anthology, and others. In 2019, she won first place in the Bucks County Short Fiction Contest. Her short plays, including a collaborative piece that ran in the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, have been produced in Pennsylvania.

Short Fiction

Of Stench & Sisters,” Menacing Hedge, Winter 2020
A deadly illness sweeps over a farm, leaving two young girls to deal with the effects of unburied decomposition.

Country Crypt,” Winner of the 2019 Bucks County Short Fiction Contest
A widower attempts to clean his cluttered house with horrifying results.

“…a gorgeously vibrant portrait of grief and dread [that] offers the reader abundant tension and story questions throughout….” – Kelly Simmons, contest judge

Provisions,” The First Line, Volume 19, Issue 4, 2017
A pair of post-Revolutionary American missionaries’ clothes are stolen while they’re bathing in a creek.

The Wandering Governess,” Condensed to Flash: World Classics anthology, 2015
A flash retelling of Jane Eyre.


Regrowth,” Rust + Moth, Spring 2020

Short Nonfiction

“A Chocolate Challenge,” Tikkun.org, 2009
An investigation of the chocolate industry and the pros & cons of buying Fair Trade.

Mr. Roadtrip,” The Blue Route, Issue 2, 2009
Memoir about an odd cross-country road trip with my best friends.

Short Plays (produced)

“Missed Connections: A Craigslist Fantasia,” with Brian Farrell, Shannon Flannery, Alex Harne, Beth Johnson, Rachel Lambert, and Mark Tebben, 2009
One-act play produced by Curio Theatre Company during the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, directed by Liz Carlson.

“Syntax Error?” 2009
10-minute play produced by Eastern University as part of its Performing Arts Living Room, directed by Brian Farrell.

Travel Writing

“For the Love of Sydney,” with Nicole Carretta, Café Abroad InPrint, Spring 2009 Issue

“A Tribute to the Opera House,” CafeAbroad.com, 2008

“Aussie Delights,” CafeAbroad.com, 2008

“Secondhand Goods, First Rate,” CafeAbroad.com, 2008

“Coffee Culture,” CafeAbroad.com, 2008

“Canberra: A City of Architectural Diversity & Diplomats,” CafeAbroad.com, 2008

“Sanctioned Acts of Vandalism,” CafeAbroad.com, 2008

“14k in a Day,” CafeAbroad.com, 2008

“Pleased to Meet You, Sydney,” CafeAbroad.com, 2008


Bucks County Short Fiction Contest, first place, 2019

Dorothy McCollum Siebert award for consistent performance in creative writing, Eastern University, 2009