Tara TamburelloTara Tamburello’s fiction and essays have appeared in Menacing Hedge, The First Line, Vestal Review’s Condensed to Flash: World Classics anthology, Tikkun.org, and elsewhere. Her short plays, including a collaborative piece that she wrote with a ragtag team of Eastern University alumni for the 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival, have been produced in Philly and the surrounding metro. Recently, she won first place in the 2019 Bucks County Short Fiction Contest.

Tamburello studied writing and theater at Eastern University, where she was awarded the Dorothy McCollum Siebert award for creative writing upon graduation. As a study-abroad student in Australia, she also wrote a series of travel writing essays for CafeAbroad.com and Café Abroad InPrint.

She writes songs too. You can take a listen over at soundcloud.com/tarajomusic if you like.

For more info about recent publications, check out News.

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


The First Line, Volume 19, Issue 4
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
A flash retelling of Jane Eyre (my favorite book!)

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
Memoir about an odd cross-country road trip with my best friends.