Douglas W. Milliken

Fiction Writer

Saco, ME

Author's Bio

Douglas W. Milliken is the author of two novels, To Sleep as Animals and Our Shadows’ Voice (forthcoming 2019), the collection Blue of the World, and several chapbooks, including The Opposite of Prayer. His stories have been honored by the Maine Literary Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and Glimmer Train, as well as published in dozens of journals and anthologies, including Slice, the Collagist, and the Believer, among others. He lives with three mammals of decreasing size near a post-industrial dam on the Saco River.

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Publications & Prizes

This Side of the Divide: Stories of the American West (Baobab Press, 2019)
A Short Affair: An Anthology of Original Short Fiction from Pin Drop (Simon & Schuster, 2018)
Hole History: Origins of the American-style Donut. (Publication Studio, 2018)
Pushcart Prize Anthology XLI (Pushcart Press, 2016)
Be Wilder (Pine Pitch Press, 2015)
Mourning Sickness: Stories of Abortion, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss (OmniArts, 2008)
To Sleep as Animals (Publication Studio, 2014)
In the Mines (w/Scott Sell) (Publication Studio, 2018)
The Opposite of Prayer (Head & the Hand, 2018)
One Thousand Owls Behind Your Chest (Publication Studio, 2016)
Cream River (Publication Studio, 2015)
Brand New Moon (Publication Studio, 2014)
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The Humanist
The Lindenwood Review
The Maine Review
The Rambler
Tincture Journal
Tonopah Review
West Wind Review
Winter Tangerine Review
Prizes won: 
  • 2019, Second Prize, Glimmer Train Fiction Open, “A Means of Forgetting.”
  • 2018, Finalist, Lascaux Review Short Story Prize, “Blue of the World.”
  • 2017, Short List, RA & Pindrop Short Story Competition, “Heart’s Last Pass.”
  • 2017, Third Prize, OWT Story Contest, “Get Bigger.”
  • 2016, Pushcart Prize, “Blue of the World.”
  • 2016, First Prize, Maine Literary Award, “Blue of the World.”
  • 2015, First Prize, The Stoneslide Corrective Short Story Contest, “Hyacinth & Waxwing.”
  • 2015, Finalist, Maine Literary Award, “James Taylor v. the King.”
  • 2014, “Most Read Authors of 2014,” The Stoneslide Corrective.
  • 2014, First Prize, Glimmer Train Family Matters Contest, “Blue of the World.”
  • 2013, “Most Read Authors of 2012,” The Stoneslide Corrective.
  • 2013, Finalist, Penn Cove Literary Award, “Girls’ School.”
  • 2012, Finalist, “Portland’s Best Writer,” Portland Phoenix.
  • 2008, Endangered Species Themed Issue Senryu Contest, McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, “[untitled senryu].”
  • 2005, Fall Writing Award, The Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.
  • 2004, The Lelia E. Tupper Award, Alfred University.
  • 2003, The Mary Wager Fisher Award, Alfred University.

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Presque Isle, ME
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East Hodgdon, ME
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Last update: May 07, 2019