Courtney McDermott

Fiction Writer

Medford, MA
Massachusetts US

Author's Bio

Courtney McDermott earned her BA in English from Mount Holyoke College and an MFA in creative writing from the University of Notre Dame. Her debut collection of short stories, How They Spend Their Sundays (Whitepoint Press 2013) was nominated for the PEN/Hemingway Award and The Story Prize. A Returned Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Lesotho, she now teaches online in Southern New Hampshire University's Master's in English-Creative Writing Program.

Publications & Prizes

How They Spend Their Sundays (Whitepoint Press, 2013)
A3 Review
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Emerge Literary Journal
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Nassau Review
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Sliver of Stone
The Bookends Review
The Daily Palette
Third Wednesday
Prizes won: 
  • Winner of 2019 Prism Review Short Story Contest (2019)
  • Winner of WOW! Women on Writing Flash Fiction Contest (Spring 2018)
  • Honorable Mention, Poetry Matters Project (2018)
  • "The Rib Strangler," nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2017)
  • "Baby Pie," nominated for a Pushcart Prize (2015)
  • How They Spend Their Sundays, nominated for The Story Prize (2014)
  • How They Spend Their Sundays, nominated for PEN/Hemingway Award (2014)
  • Mitchell Award for Distinguished Achievement in Creative Writing, Notre Dame (2011)
  • Finalist, Orlando Prize in Short Fiction, A Room of Her Own Foundation (2010)

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New Hampton
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New Hampton, IA
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Last update: Oct 17, 2019