Bruce Rettig is the author of literary short stories, essays, creative non-fiction, and flash fiction. He graduated from the University of Colorado with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and Fine Arts History. He continues to enjoy the creative process and is one of the founding members of Tahoe Writers Works, a local writing group and workshop, and served ten years as the publisher of EDGE, TWW’s award-winning literary publication. Bruce supports various regional arts and culture groups, and was on the board of directors for the Tahoe Tallac Association for over ten years, serving as both treasurer and vice president.
Rettig's memoir, “Refraction,” won first place awards in the 2018 San Francisco Writing Contest, 2017 Pacific Northwest Writers Association Literary Awards, and 2017 International Chanticleer Book Awards. The piece is based on his years of working as a merchant marine in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. He has completed two novels, and his second, “Midnight Stone,” was a 2014 Chanticleer Book Review Awards Finalist. Some of the writing conferences Bruce has attended include the Squaw Valley Writers Conference, the Truckee Meadows Writers Conference, the Mendocino Coast Writers Conference, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association Conference. He is also a member of High Sierra Writers (HSW), Pacific Northwest Writers Association (PNWA), Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) and Community of Literary Magazines and Presses (CLMP).
Bruce lives at South Lake Tahoe, California, writes in the early hours of each morning, and works full time at his graphic design and marketing/advertising agency during the day. He enjoys living in the beauty of the high Sierra, and exploring the Nevada desert and Pacific Northwest.
More info about Bruce can be found at BruceRettig.com.
Awards and Recognition
- SAN FRANCISCO WRITING CONTEST, 2018 First Place, Adult Non-Fiction
- 2017 INTERNATIONAL CHANTICLEER BOOK AWARDS First Place, Narrative Non-Fiction
- PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS ASSOCIATION LITERARY AWARDS, 2017 First Place, Nonfiction/Memoir
- MONTHLY MUSE, 2017 Finalist, Nonfiction
- INAUGURAL SUNSHOT PROSE CONTEST, 2017 Finalist, Narrative Nonfiction
- GLIMMER TRAIN, 2016 Honorable Mention, Very Short Fiction Contest
- XXXXI CONSECUTIVE NEW MILLENNIUM AWARDS, 2016 Finalist, Flash Fiction
- CHANTICLEER BOOK REVIEW AWARDS, 2014 Finalist, Novel
- XXXIV CONSECUTIVE NEW MILLENNIUM AWARDS, 2013 Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction
- XVII CONSECUTIVE NEW MILLENNIUM AWARDS, 2004 Honorable Mention Winner, Short Story
Press and Media Mentions
- THE REGIONAL REPORT: BRUCE RETTIG INTERVIEW June 18, 2018 Interviewed by Steve Teshara, host and producer of the Regional Report
- WRITING RECOGNITION: LOCAL AUTHORS WIN 1ST AT PACIFIC NORTHWEST WRITERS ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE August 5, 2017, Tahoe Daily Tribune In his 20s, Bruce Rettig worked at least 12 hours each day of the week — on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline. “We were trapped in a time warp, interactions almost exclusively limited to the confines of a camp consisting of seven barges and 10 tugboats anchored off a thin spit of land jutting into the Arctic Ocean,” he states in his new nonfiction novel “Refraction.”