ROBERT MORGAN FISHER - HIGHLIGHTS

  • November, 2018: Robert wins the coveted 2018 Chester B. Himes Fiction Prize for his short story, “The Line.” Judge Antonio Ruiz-Camacho, had this to say:
    "What a delight it was to read "The Line." I am usually drawn to rather obscure stories that illuminate through suffering and grief the most neglected crevices of the human condition. But in a time when fiction seems unable to trump reality's desolation, "The Line" is the kind of story I needed to read. It reminded me that, no matter how desolate the world may become, no matter how absurd choosing hope may be, it is in the darkest of times that we should dare embrace our most hopeful dreams.

    Inspired by Miguel de Cervantes's Don Quixote, "The Line" is delirious, and gripping, and smart. Its language is swift and sharp, its characterizations bold and quick, and the surprises it holds for you at the end make it ultimately moving. But, above all, it's a daringly funny story – and making a reader laugh out loud is a high, rather tough, art. And in times of hopelessness, it is also a necessity, an artist's responsibility.

    I was so thankful to read "The Line." I enjoyed its joyful, irreverent take on a seemingly untouchable classic of literature. It reminded me how ambitious, how bold, it is to keep hoping for the best even when all you see looming in the horizon is pitch black."
    “The Line” will be appearing in The Ocotillo Review Volume 3.1 (release date 02/01/2019).

  • November, 2018: Robert teaches his acclaimed online course, Rub a Little Funny On it starting 11/5. It's "asynchronous" meaning you participate when it's convenient for you and you'll laugh and learn a lot. Join RMF on this gelogenic journey! RESERVE YOUR SPOT NOW or share with any inspired writers you know.

  • October, 2018: Robert will play “The Waiting” live on the XM Sirius Tom Petty Channel between 7 and 10pm on Saturday, October 20th to help mark the one-year anniversary of Tom’s passing.

  • October, 2018: Robert’s short story, “The Line” is one of 20 stories shortlisted for the 2018 Chester B Himes Fiction Prize. Final judge is Antonio Ruiz Camacho and the winner will be announced in November.

  • October, 2018: Robert’s short story, “Our Fallen Tribute,” accepted for publication later this fall by The Avenue, a mid-Atlantic online and print literary journal.

  • October, 2018: Robert’s short story, “Silence Between,” is published in the online literary journal, typishly.

  • September/October, 2018: Tickets now available for the 11/11 Veteran’s Day New Short Fiction Series salute to Robert’s UCLA Wordcommandos at The Federal in North Hollywood. Robert will open the show with a set of veteran/patriotic songs. This is sure to sell out. Details and tickets HERE.

  • September, 2018: Robert interviewed by Sandy Jacobson on LA Talk Radio’s Backstage LA. Full interview available on Robert’s AUDIO PORTAL.

  • September, 2018: Robert’s short story, “Wad,” and his essay on the UCLA Wordcommandos appears in the Fall 2018 issue of Teach. Write. Magazine.

  • September, 2018: Robert’s review of Brad Watson’s novel, Miss Jane, will appear in the Fall, 2018 issue of Pleiades.

  • July, 2018: Robert’s short story, "Avoidable," headlines the Rage-Themed issue of THE WILD WORD, a Berlin-based literary magazine.

  • May, 2018: Robert's short story, Why the Moon?" appears in the HOWL OF THE WILD ANTHOLOGY and is now available on Kindle.

  • April, 2018: Robert/s UCLA Wordcommando creative writing students will be featured in a special Veteran's Day presentation of The New Short Fiction Series, LA's longest-running spoken word series, this coming Veteran's Day in November.

  • March, 2018: Robert's unpublished short story collection, Cabaret Nation, was one of six Finalists for the 2018 New American Fiction Prize, Judged by Lori Ostlund.

  • Sept 2017 Concert FlyerSeptember 28th 2017: Robert will be appearing with spoken word deity Dylan Brody at The Coffee Gallery Backstage David Harvey Presents Show in Alta Dena, CA on Thursday, September 28th at 8pm. Tickets are $10. Robert will open the show with an hour's worth of short fiction and companion songs to those pieces. He will also be reading an excerpt from his new novel, The Long Trample, which is currently making the rounds of top publishing houses in NYC. This will be a very special show.

  • September 2017: At long last, it looks like The Arkansas Review will soon be posting Robert's short story, "Paintball," which appeared a year ago in their gorgeous print edition. The link currently only shows the table of contents. Hopefully they'll publish a PDF of the entire issue soon.

  • August 2017: Robert’s UCLA Wordcommandos featured in MEL Magazine article.

  • April 2017: On Saturday, April 29th at 8pm, Robert and Chad Watson will headline West Valley Music at the corner of Vanowen and Valley Circle in West Hills, California. The opening act is the legendary Tom Kell w/ Paula Fong. Seating is limited, so call 818-992-4142 to reserve. Download Flyer

  • March 2017: Robert's short story collection, You Stay Here: Tales from the Military Family Diaspora is a Finalist for the 2017 New Rivers Press Many Voices Award. The book now goes on the final round and will be published if it wins.

  • March 2017: Robert is asked to join the faculty of Antioch University Santa Barbara. He will be teaching Fiction, Creative Nonfiction and Screenwriting in their Low-Residency MFA Program.

  • March 2017: Robert interviewed by Submittable.com about his UCLA Wordcommandos.

  • March 2017: Robert's unpublished novel, Jangle-Boom, wins Honorable Mention (2nd Place) for The Nicholas Schaffner Award for Music in Literature.

  • March-April 2017: Robert once again teaches the online course he developed for Antioch's I2P Program, Rub a Little Funny On It: Humor in Short Fiction.

  • March 2017: Robert signs with Peter Riva of International Transactions for Literary Representation.

  • February 2017: Less than a year after its creation, Robert's UCLA Wordcommandos Creative Writing Workshop for Veterans with PTSD expands to twice-weekly meetings. The program, considered an unqualified success by the VA and UCLA, has seen three participants accepted for publication within the last four months.

  • January 2017: Finalist Whitefish Review Montana Prize for his unpublished short story, "The Scorch," Judge—Rick Bass

  • December 2016: Robert's short story, "The Man, The Myth," is one of two short stories to appear in the National Edition of Red Wheelbarrow. Robert traveled to San Jose for the publication party and gave a reading.

  • October 2016: Hosted the Antioch Alumni Readings at LitCrawl LA in North Hollywood and read his short story, "Vox Rex."

  • September 2016: Robert's short story, "Paintball," appears in The Arkansas Review.

  • September-October 2016: Robert once again teaches an online course he developed for Antioch's I2P Program, Rub a Little Funny on It: Humor in Short Fiction.

  • July 2016: Robert signs for screenwriting representation with Vincent Cesarani of Third Wave.

  • July 2016: Robert's short story, "Sealed," appears alongside iconic stories by Norman Spinrad and Kate Wilhelm in the definitive Anthology of Speculative War Fiction: Deserts of Fire, published by Skyhorse Books.

  • July 2016: UCLA Newsroom features a story about Robert's UCLA Wordcommando Creative Writing Workshop for Veteran's with PTSD.

  • July 2016: Robert's short story and the companion song to the story, "Harold Examiner," appear in Dime Show Review.

  • June 2016: The Rumpus publishes Robert's review of David Means' novel Hystopia.

  • June 2016: After a 2½ year absence, Robert returns to the concert stage on June 11th as co-headliner in the New City Roots Concert Series in Hollywood.

  • May, 2016: Britta Lee Shain's memoir about her love affair with Bob Dylan, Seeing the Real You at Last, is released to critical praise. Robert worked extensively with Britta as her Book Coach and is prominently mentioned in the acknowledgments.

  • May 2016: Robert's short story, "Ascension," appears in The Journal of Microliterature.

  • May 2016: Robert's review of Peter Selgin's The Inventors is published in The Rumpus.

  • April 2016: Robert is hired by UCLA to run a weekly creative writing workshop for veterans suffering from PTSD.

  • April 2016: Robert's story, "Lamplicker," will appear in a forthcoming issue of 34th Parallel.

  • April 2016: Robert's story, "Ascension," will appear in a forthcoming issue of The Journal of Microliterature.

  • March 2016: Robert's story, "Titty," appears in Intrinsick Mag.

  • February 2016: Robert's story, "The Man, The Myth," has been selected to appear in the 2016 edition of Red Wheelbarrow, due out in the Fall.

  • November 2015: Robert will be teaching an ONLINE course for Antioch's Inspiration2Publication Program in February titled Be Heard! Recording Your Writing. Cost is only $99 — register HERE.

  • November 2015: Robert's short story "Performance" earns publication and an Honorable Mention in the Gemini Magazine 2015 Flash Fiction Competition.

  • November 2015: Robert co-hosts a writing workshop at Antioch University alongside Patrick O'Neil (Gun, Needle, Spoon Dzanc Books 2015).

  • October 2015: Robert's short story, "Sealed," to be published in the forthcoming anthology, DESERTS OF FIRE, alongside stories by Kate Wilhelm, Norman Spinrad and others. DOF features stories taking place in or during the Iraq War. The audio version of the story first appeared in Golden Walkman Magazine in 2014.

  • October 2015: Robert voices several national TV spots for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

  • September 2015: Robert's Essay, "The Art of Exaggeration" appears in the Antioch University Inspiration2Publication Blog. Earlier this year, the blog published another RMF Essay, "Short Story Writers and Their Brands."

  • August 2015: Registration is now open for Robert's Online Antioch I2P course, Rub a Little Funny on It: Humor in Short Fiction. Class takes place in October—reserve HERE.

  • July 2015: The Spry Literary Journal interviews Robert regarding his short story, "If It Hurts," which they published in 2014.

  • July 2015: Robert's prize-winning short story, "Vox Rex," airs on the Missouri Review's Soundbooth Podcast. The podcast can be heard HERE.

  • June 2015: Robert is hired as a Writing Specialist for Antioch University.

  • May 2015: Robert's short story, "Vox Rex," named as the Runner-Up for the 2015 Missouri Review Miller Audio Fiction Prize. The story will air on the July 9th Soundbooth Podcast.

  • May 2015: Robert hired by A-Team Entertainment as a script doctor for a feature film project with major stars attached.

  • April 2015: For the second year in a row, Robert's unpublished collection of short stories about military dependents, You Stay Here, named as a Long List Finalist for the 2015 Serena McDonald Kennedy Fiction Award. Short List Finalists to be named this summer and the Grand Prize winner will be published in the fall.

  • March 2015: Robert's online course Find Your Brand, Find Your Voice is once again being offered by Antioch University's I2P (Inspiration to Publication) Program. The course studies famous short stories and authors with an eye towards Branding. The next start date is May 2nd, 2015 and those interested should reserve now HERE. Robert also works as a Certified Book Coach—both privately and for Antioch University. For more information or help with your writing project contact Robert directly (see CONTACT).

  • March 2015: Robert’s essay on the dynamics of fiction characterization, "T" for Triangulation, is published in the Spry Literary Journal.

  • October 2014: Robert's short story course which he designed for the Antioch University Inspiration to Publication (I2P) Online Program, Find Your Brand, Find Your Voice, is successfully launched. In 2015, Robert will continue teaching at Antioch and also work as an I2P Book Coach.

  • October 2014: Robert's short story "Wand," was an official selection at the LA LitCrawl in North Hollywood and read by actor David Bickford.

  • Fall 2014: Robert's short story "Air Show" appears in Volume 2, Number 4; Summer 2014 issue of 0-Dark-Thirty, the official literary magazine of the Veteran's Memorial Project.

  • September 11, 2014: Robert is featured in Artist's Entrance, Ep. 5, Tracy Newman's acclaimed interview series with Los Angeles Singer Songwriters.

  • September 2014: Robert voices the role of serial killer Clayton Broom in the audiobook version of Lauren Beukes's best-selling thriller Broken Monsters. Stephen King says: "Scary as hell and hypnotic. I couldn't put it down... I'd grab it if I were you."

  • June 2014: Robert graduates from Antioch University with an MFA in Creative Writing with a specialization in Fiction and a 4.0 GPA. Robert will be teaching his first online class at Antioch during the 2014 Summer-Fall Semester.

  • Summer 2014: "Sealed" (audio short story written and voiced by Robert) airs in Golden Walkman Magazine (podcast)

  • Summer 2014: Robert's short story "Wand" appears in Carnival Literary Magazine.

  • Summer 2014: Robert's essay on reading, "To Bail or Not to Bail," published on the Bleed—Jaded Ibis Publishing site.

  • Spring 2014: Robert's short-story, "Burrito," published in Psychopomp Magazine.

  • Spring 2014: Robert's short story, "Welcome to Sire's," published in issue 26 of Britain's prestigious glossy journal, 34th Parallel.

  • Spring 2014: Robert's graduate school thesis novel-in-progress, The Long Trample, named as a finalist for the 2013 Dana Awards.

  • Spring 2014: Robert's unpublished collection of short stories about military dependents, You Stay Here, named as a finalist for the 2014 Serena McDonald Kennedy Award.

  • Winter 2014: Robert Morgan Fisher's short story "If It Hurts" published in The Spry Literary Journal. www.sprylit.com/fiction/if-it-hurts/

  • Fall 2013: Robert voices six stories in the audiobook version of the new collection This Is How You Die from Hachett Book Group.

  • Summer 2013: Robert Morgan Fisher's annotation for Moby Dick has been published!
    http://annotationnation.wordpress.com/2013/07/ (Scroll halfway down the page.)

  • Summer 2013: Robert Morgan Fisher's short story "Wormhole" was published by the Huffington Post:
    www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-morgan-fisher/featured-fifty-fiction_b_3438037.html

  • November 16, 2012: Robert Morgan Fisher's song "Don't You Wanna Go to Mars?" has won the Best Folk/Acoustic Category at the prestigious 2012 Hollywood Music In Media Awards. The song is from his new album Notes for a Novel (available on disc and digital from CDBaby.com) and features Janis Ian lending harmony. Earlier this year, "Don't You Wanna Go to Mars?" placed in the Top 6 Folk Songs of the Year in the 2012 Song of the Year Competition and has been added to the JPL rotation of songs used to wake up astronauts in space. The star-studded, red-carpet HMMA ceremony took place at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood and winning this award is considered to be a major career milestone for a music artist.

  • November 1, 2012: "Notes For A Novel" reaches #1 on the Roots/Folk Internet Radio Airplay Chart!

  • RMF at Number 1

    Nomination Certificate
  • "Don't You Wanna Go to Mars?" nominated for the 2012 Hollywood Music in Media Awards in the Folk/Acoustic category.

  • September, 2012: One of three writers selected to have their "traffic-themed" short stories read by Emmy-winning actors as part of The City of LA's Artmaggedon city-wide event.

  • "Don't You Wanna Go to Mars?" makes SONG OF THE YEAR list of The Top 6 Folk Songs of 2012.

  • Included in 2010 Galleycat Best Authors on Facebook List.

  • Honored by City of L.A.'s New Short Fiction Series™ in 2010 with a produced reading of four selected stories from Cabaret Nation.

  • Runner-Up, 2010 Ohio State University Fiction Prize for short story collection, Cabaret Nation.

  • Prominently mentioned in the acknowledgments of Jillian Lauren’s best-selling memoir, Some Girls: My Life in a Harem (Penguin 2010) and Marika Roth's memoir and Book-of-the-Month Club selection All the Pretty Shoes (Wyatt-MacKenzie 2011).

  • New Regency (2008) and Paramount (2010): Script options for the feature film comedy, My Middle Earth Crisis.

  • 2006: Two of Robert's songs "We'll Buy a Flag" and "Jester King" reach #1 on the Neil Young Living With War Songs of The Times Chart - beating out several thousand other songs.

  • Grand Prize, Lyric Category, 2006 International Narrative Songwriting Competition for "Angel Within."

  • Atomium Pictures/DreamWorks: 2-time option for screenplay adaptation of Robert's comic novel Minor Weiss (2003).

  • New Century Writer Award for Best Unpublished Novel: Minor Weiss (2002).

  • Grand Prize, Washington State Film Office Screenwriting Competition for adaptation of his dramatic novel, Set the Poem Free (2000).

  • Publishing Online Great North American Fiction Prize for Best Unpublished Novel: Set the Poem Free (2000).

  • Writer for UPN reality show Red Handed (2000).

  • Staff Writer/Producer/Actor for Premiere Radio Comedy from 1995-2001.

  • Staff Writer for The Watcher, a one-hour anthology series on UPN (1994).

  • Grand Prize, Writers Digest Screenwriting Competition: Swappers (1994).


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