Vanessa Blakeslee

Winter Park, FL 32792

Author's Bio

Vanessa Blakeslee is the author of the debut novel, Juventud (Curbside Splendor, 2015), hailed by Publisher's Weekly as a "tale of self-discovery and intense first love." Her story collection, Train Shots (Burrow Press) won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction. The book was also long-listed for the 2014 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and has been optioned for a feature film by writer/director Hannah Beth King. Vanessa's writing has appeared in The Southern Review, Green Mountains Review, The Paris Review Daily,The Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among many others. Finalist for the 2014 Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, she has also been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Banff Centre, Ledig House, the Ragdale Foundation, and in 2013 received the Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. Her most recent book, Perfect Conditions: stories, is forthcoming in July, 2018 from Curbside Splendor.

Publications and Prizes

(Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2015)
, Perfect Conditions: stories
(Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2018)
, Train Shots: stories
(Burrow Press, 2014)
Wordstock Ten
(Franklin, Beedle & Associates, 2009)
Ascent, Bellingham Review, Bridge Eight Literary Magazine, Bryant Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Concho River Review, Drunken Boat, Eureka Literary Magazine, Flash Fiction Online, Georgetown Review, Going Down Swinging, Green Mountains Review, Grist: The Journal for Writers, Harpur Palate, Joyland, Louisiana Literature, Lowestoft Chronicle, nth position, Saranac Review, Segue, Skidrow Penthouse, Slice, Southern Humanities Review, storySouth, The Dalhousie Review, Drum Literary Magazine, The Louisiana Review, The Madison Review, Southern Review, Toasted Cheese
Prizes Won: 
Train Shots, 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal in Short Fiction; Train Shots, Long-listed for the 2014 Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award; Winner of the Bosque Fiction Prize; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship Award

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Born in: 
East Stroudsburg, PA
Raised in: 
Brodheadville, PA
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Last updated: May 11, 2018