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Ted Kosmatka Papers

Identifier: RBSC-SFWA-036

Scope and Contents

The Ted Kosmatka Papers consists of printed (paper-based) and handwritten short story drafts and notes.  The collection is divided into series based upon format. Series I consists of the short story works of “The Art of Alchemy”, “Divining Light”, and “The Prophet of Flores.”  The order of the folders is based upon dates of publication, which can be found at the author’s website:


  • Other: Date acquired: 05/28/2009


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs and photocopies of collection are prohibited.

Conditions Governing Use

Property Rights are transferred to the University Libraries per the signed Deed of Gift Document. Literary Rights are retained by the content creator.  Any copyrights so stated in the materials remain in force.

Biographical or Historical Information

Ted lives in the Pacific Northwest and has always had a passion for writing.  He studied at Indiana University, but dropped out before graduating.  Over the next few years he held many different jobs and he eventually found good steady work at the Indiana steel mill.  While there, he was able to use the Union’s tuition reimbursement program to complete a degree.  He had never stopped writing, even though he had been rejected frequently by publishers, and his tenacity paid off.  Ted’s short stories and novellas have been reprinted in eight Year’s Best anthologies, translated into seven languages, and have been performed in Indiana and New York.  He’s been nominated for both the Nebula Award & the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.  He is also the co-winner of the 2010 Asimov’s Readers’ Choice Award.

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Arrangement Note

Series I consists of the short story works of “The Art of Alchemy”, “Divining Light”, and “The Prophet of Flores.”

Source of Acquisition

Ted Kosmatka

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Repository Details

Part of the Northern Illinois University Repository

Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb IL 60115 US