Bio & Press

Tyler Barton is the author of GET EMPTY, which won the 2017 Turnbuckle Chapbook Contest from Split Lip Press. His short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Gulf Coast, Bat City Review, Yemassee, NANO Fiction, Smokelong Quarterly, Hobart, and elsewhere. His story, “The Orbit of Us” won the 2017 Fall Fiction Prize from the Chicago Review of Books. He was runner-up in the 2018 Kenyon Review Short Fiction Contest and the 2016 Lake Prize from Midwestern Gothic. His story, “K,” was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Best of the Net. His stories have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Best Small Fictions, and Best of the Net.

Co-founder and event programmer for FEAR NO LIT, Tyler has over six years of event organizing experience. With partner Erin Dorney, he conceptualized and launched the 2017 Submerging Writer Fellowship. His original podcast, Show Your Work, features writers of flash fiction discussing a single story. He formerly served as a host for the author-interview radio show, Weekly Reader and as a fiction editor of Blue Earth Review. In 2018, he earned an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato, where he was awarded the Toy Wilson Blethen Award in Fine Arts and the Ronald Gower Scholarship for commitment to literary community.


  • Tethered By Letters: Author Q&A Series (July 2016)
    • I talk to L. N. Holmes about my story, “You’ll Have to Forgive Me”
  • Huffington Post, “Millenial Writers on Writing” (February 2016)
    • I discuss some of the reason why I write, alongside other writers appearing in the Song of My Selfie Anthology
  • CitizenLit Podcast, Episode 11 (February 2016)
    • I read my story, “Ten Things I Learned Since College” published in Song of My Selfie, An Anthology of Millenial Stories (Three Rooms Press)