Bobby Horecka

Poet, Fiction Writer

Worthing, TX

Author's Bio

When work prospects turned south a few years back, Bobby Horecka made a return to graduate school in early 2016, having learned of a fledgling MFA program in Victoria, Texas. If nothing else, it offered a sure way to write that book he'd always talked about.

Soon, he was teaching writing classes at the nearby junior college while taking his graduate classes. When he finished in December 2018, he'd gone from zero literary publications in 2016 to 27-plus at this writing for works in short fiction and poetry, and he'd written a book manuscript of collected short fictions for his degreee, a manuscript he later turned into his first book-length work of short fiction with Madville Publishing in March 2020. That book that would later earn him a finalist nod for a book award in 2021 by the Texas Institute of Letters.

As fate sometimes does, Horecka soon found his way back to working in newspapers once more, writing stories on deadline on  the very same pages he cut his writing teeth in the never-dull Texas print journalism markets these last 35 years. With the new job also came a new (to him) residence, or more aptly, a return to his family's South Texas farm, the place where he spent his boyhood and now calls his own. 

When he's not busy raising vegetables, honey or tending livestock, Horecka is usually behind his keyboard, either working on his next book or one of the many stories he writes and/or edits each week as managing editor for his five South Texas weeklies. 

Publications & Prizes


Runaway: An Anthology (Madville Publishing, 2020)
The Deep Woods (Scars Publications, 2019)
The Flickering Light (Scars Publications, 2019)
Central Texas Writers Society 2018 Anthology: Writers in the Heart of Texas and Beyond (CreateSpace, 2018)
Long Gone & Lost: True Fictions and Other Lies... (Madville Publishing, 2020)
Amarillo Bay
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Rise: Las Positas College Anthology 2018 (Las Positas College, 2018)
Long Gone & Lost: True Fictions and Other Lies (Madville Publishing, 2020)
Prizes won: 

Finalist, 2021 Sergio Troncoso Best First Book of Fiction Award given by the Texas Institute of Letters

More Information

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Czech American
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Born in: 
Lubbock, TX
Raised in: 
Worthing, TX
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Last update: Feb 13, 2022