Deborah Prum

Fiction Writer

220 Ipswich Place
Charlottesville, VA 22901

Author's Bio

Fiction:  Twenty-five of my short stories have appeared in journals and anthologies, including twice in the Virginia Quarterly Review. Most recently, “Our Lady of Perpetual Mold” was placed in Across the Margin and “JFK, Daddy and Me” in The Skyline Anthology 2015 and “The Arithmetic of Love” in Streetlight Magazine. “JFK, Daddy and Me” was selected for the Virginia Centennial Anthology 1918-2018 (Best of Virginia Writers Club).


Awards: My writing has won ten awards including first place in a North Carolina Writer’s Network contest, first place in a regional short story contest (The Hook, central Virginia), second place awards for each of three stories, and a bronze award from a civic group that was honoring the “three most popular” Charlottesville writers. The other recipients were John Grisham (gold) and Rita Mae Brown (silver).  My story, “Our Lady of Perpetual Mold” made Across the Margin’s Best Fiction list.



Essays and Articles: My humorous radio essays routinely air on NPR member stations.  My print essays and articles have appeared in many outlets including the Washington Post, Southern Living and Ladies’ Home Journal. My articles on the craft of writing have been published in The Writer, The Writer’s Handbook, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Bulletin.


Presentations: I’ve given workshops at WriterHouse, Tupelo Press Teen Writing Center and Navigating Your Writing Life (a conference of the Virginia Writers Club). I was a guest lecturer for graduate students at James Madison University and at Jane Friedman’s writing class at the University of Virginia. Recently, at the Virginia Festival of the Book, I appeared on three panels (reading from my work in an anthology, conducting a speed critique and speaking on digital publishing).


Platform: I have well over 1,200 friends on Facebook. I am active on Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. I maintain a website and blog where I routinely (but not excessively) post links to my published stories and articles, links to my NPR essays, and post book and movie reviews.  I’ve developed a solid audience among those who read my essays and articles in newspapers and magazines and those who listen to my essays on NPR.


Passion: I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of writing: bringing characters to life, creating a story, revising it, hearing responses from readers, sharing what I know about writing with others and learning from my colleagues and mentors. I perform improv with Big Blue Door in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Education: University of Connecticut, Dartmouth College, Anderson Street Workshop (with Alice Mattison), Hedgebrook (Master Class with Jane Hamilton), Phi Beta Kappa.






Publications & Prizes

The Blue Ridge Anthology (Cedar Creek Press, 2008)
Sweetbay Review: Anthology of Virginia (Writers Studio, 2007)
Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies
Lifelines: A Dartmouth Medical School Literary Journal
Prizes won: 

Second Place, Short Story Category for Over the Moon, Skyline Anthology, 2017.


Best of Fiction, 2015, Across the Margins, for Our Lady of Perpetual Mold.


Bronze Award from Charlottesville Welcome Book, awarded to authors who give back to the community. Other recipients: John Grisham (gold), Rita Mae Brown (silver), November, 2014.


Second place for JFK, Daddy and Me, Fiction Category, Blue Ridge Writers Club regional writing contest, August 2014.


Shelf Unbound named Fatty in the Back Seat one of top twelve Notable Teen Novels of 2013, December 2013.


Judge, Non-Fiction, Virginia Writers Club, Summer 2013.


Second Prize for Before Walter, an excerpt from my novel, The String Theory of Love, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, Blue Ridge Writers, 2011 contest, Virginia Writers Association.


Quarter finalist, Amazon Breakthrough Novel Contest 2010, Fatty in the Back Seat. (young adult category).


The Hook Literary Contest, first prize awarded at the opening ceremony of the Virginia Festival of the Book, March 2003.


North Carolina Association of American Mothers, Inc. Literature Contest,  second place, short story division for Stanley in the Clouds, 1991.


Merriman Award, North Carolina Writer’s Network contest, first place in Stories for Children division, Jack’s Granny, 1991.



Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Leif Enger, Anne Tyler, E. Annie Proulx, Clyde Edgerton, James McBride,David Guterson, Edward P. Jones, Elizabeth Berg, Jesmyn Ward, Meg Wolitzer, John Boyne, Anthony Doerr, Tayari Jones, John Irving, Kate Atkinson, Ann Pachett, Wendall Berry, Maria Semple.
What I'm reading now: 
A Woman is No Man by Etaf Rum, Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward, Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

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New Britain, CT
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New Britain, CT
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Last update: Jun 07, 2019