Published: January 12, 2007
New York City writer Douglas Danoff won the first Danahy Fiction Prize from the
when his story was chosen from more than 200 entries from around the globe.
“It was unanimous,” said Dr. Richard Mathews,
The editors awarded the prize to Danoff for his story “The Trader Thief,” his first submission to the literary magazine
The writer will receive a prize of $1,000, and the story will appear in
Tampa Review 33/34,
to come out this spring. The UT Press publishes the magazine twice a year in hardcover format.
Danahy Fiction Prize was established by UT alumni Paul ‘51 and Georgia
Reed Danahy ’52 with an endowment to provide an annual award for a
previously unpublished work of short fiction judged by the editors of
. The award is meant to complement The Tampa Review Prize for Poetry.
us, it’s a special prize because it was established by UT alumni,”
Mathews said. “It’s the first fiction prize we’ve offered, and it’s one
of only a few in Florida. It’s a chance to follow the Danahys’ lead in
better known and in fostering quality literature.”
All entrants received a one-year subscription to
copies were sent as far away as Canada and Australia. The prize already
has increased the magazine’s exposure and reputation in the literary
“That’s an additional 200 people now seeing
Mathews said. “Getting these in the hands of all new readers is more important than I had realized when I started the contest.”
While Danoff’s work has not yet been published in
it has appeared or is forthcoming in
The New York Times
The Jerusalem Post
He also has been nominated for numerous prestigious literary prizes,
including the 2006 Pushcart Prize in nonfiction. After graduating from
college, Danoff developed his writing as an employee for
The New Yorker.
I came across old back issues and book-length collections which exposed
me to the essays of E.B. White, whose great humor and humanity—and
devotion to the beauty and importance of small things—showed me a
kindred spirit and later influenced my writing,” Danoff said.
Danahy hoped the contest would draw more first-time contributors like Danoff, he said, and attract more subscribers to
subscriber himself, Danahy studied history and English at the
University before going on to become Assistant Florida Attorney General,
but his love of literature dates back further than that.
always been a reader from my momma’s lap on,” Danahy said. “Reading in
general, and fiction in particular, is a great self-teacher.”
For more information about the Danahy Prize, contact Dr. Richard Mathews or Sean Donnelly at (813) 253-6266 or