Anna K. Scotti

Poet, Fiction Writer

Los Angeles, CA

Author's Bio

Anna Scotti is a poet, writer, and teacher living in Southern California. A former journalist, Anna has written for national and regional magazines including InStyle, People, The Los Angeles Times Traveling in Style, Bon Appetit, Los Angeles, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, YM, and Sugar. She was a foreign correspondent for WhoWeekly (Australia) and a columnist for the late, great Buzz Magazine. Anna's work appears occasionally in The New Yorker and other journals. She is the author of several pseudonymous novels, and has work upcoming in Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine and a variety of periodicals. Anna has received a number of prizes, nominations, and distinctions for her work, which has been singled out for praise by Robert Pinsky, the late Thomas Lux, Patricia Smith, Aimee Liu, Nikky Finney, James Poissant, Chris Ransick, and other notables. Much of her published work can be found at Anna earned an MFA in Creative Writing at Antioch University in 2007. Additional degrees, coursework and training may be seen on her website. She gives corporate presentations on writing and grammar to local businesses and teaches English and history at a French International school. Anna enjoys working with adults, teens, and children.

Publications & Prizes


Big and Bad (Texas Review Press, 2020)


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Poems and Plays: Middle Tennessee State Univ
The Comstock Review
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Finalist, Machigonne Prize for Fiction, 2019.  Semi-Finalist, the Hecht Prize (Waywiser) 2019.   Finalist, Trio House Louise Bogan Prize, 2018.  Honorable Mention, Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, Nimrod, 2018.  Semi-Finalist, The New American Poetry Prize, 2018.  Awarded The Fischer Prize for Poetry, 2017.  Finalist, CPR Editor's Prize book Award, 2017. Finalist, Spacks Poetry Prize, Gunpowder Press, 2016.  Finalist, Knudson Fiction Contest, Bayou Magazine, 2016.  Awarded The Orlando Prize for Short Fiction, 2015. Awarded The Pocataligo Prize for Poetry,  Yemassee, 2015. Finalist, The Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival Poetry Prize, 2014. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, 2012 and 2013. Finalist for The Bettie Sellers Prize, 2014 . Runner-up for The Pocataligo Prize, Yemassee, 2012. Finalist for The Crab Creek Review Prize for Poetry, 2012. Awarded The Parnell Poetry Prize, Compass Rose, 2011. Awarded Third Prize, The Muriel Bailey Poetry Prize, The Comstock Review, 2011. Finalist, The Muriel Bailey Poetry Prize, The Comstock Review, 2011. Awarded The Parnell Poetry Prize, Compass Rose, 2010. Awarded Third Prize, The War Poetry Prize, Winning Writers, 2010. Awarded The Franklin Cristophe Prize for Poetry, 2008.  Awarded Third Prize, The 46’er Prize, Adirondack Review, 2008.  Awarded The Competition for a Prose Poem and Flash Fiction, Lunch Hour Stories, 2008. Finalist, The Competition for a Prose Poem and Flash Fiction, Lunch Hour Stories, 2007.

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Last update: Feb 18, 2020