Awards, Contests, Etc.

Two updates:

• The list of Tucson Area Music Awards (aka TAMMIES) finalists is here! You can find it on Page 45, and online at

As a result, the final round of TAMMIES voting is either underway, or close to it, depending on when you read this. So, what do you do now? It's easy: Cast your vote for the best musicians Tucson has to offer at We'll announce the winners at the TAMMIES awards ceremony and concert on Thursday, Sept. 3, at the Rialto Theatre.

Questions? Rules and other important info can be found along with the list of finalists at and on Page 45. If your questions aren't answered there, e-mail me!

• Whatever you do, do NOT miss next week's issue, in which we'll spotlight the winners, runners-up and other high achievers in our Fiction 84 contest. I won't divulge the results until then, but I will say this: Man, you folks managed to come up with a lot of interesting crap within your 84-word limit.

And some of you need help. Really.

Overall, the entries were surprisingly good—and with this contest, I think we have shown, conclusively, that writing contests are subjective constructs, so much so that picking definitive "winners" is damn near impossible. Not that this stopped us from picking winners anyway.

What in the hell am I talking about? Good question. Check in next week to find out.