Marie Baléo

Poet, Fiction Writer


Author's Bio

Marie Baléo is a French writer, editor, and poet born in 1990, who writes in english, her second language.

She is one of the winners of the 2020 National Poetry Competition, organized by The Poetry Society (UK). Her first chapbook, Submersion, was longlisted for the PANK Little Book Prize and is forthcoming from Digging Press (2023). Her work has been published in over 40 literary magazines and journals in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. She grew up in Lebanon and Norway and now lives in Paris.

Publications & Prizes


National Poetry Competition Winner’s Anthology 2020 (The Poetry Society, 2021)
Submersion (Digging Press, 2023)
Prizes won: 


  • National Poetry Competition - The Poetry Society (UK) (2020) - Winner (Commended)

  • Poetry International Summer 2020 Chapbook Contest - Winner

  • Digging Press Chapbook Contest (Fall 2020) - Winner

  • Beloit Poetry Journal Chad Walsh Chapbook Series - Semi-Finalist (2021)

  • PANK Book Contest (2020) - Long-listed

  • Digging Press Chapbook Competition (2020) - Finalist

  • Best of the Net (2019) - Nominated by CutBank (creative nonfiction)

  • CutBank Weekly Flash Prose and Prose Poetry Contest (2019) - Winner (creative nonfiction)

  • Best Small Fictions (2019) - Nominated by Star 82 Review (fiction)

  • Best of the Net (2018) - Nominated by Passages North (creative nonfiction)

  • Best of the Net (2018) - Nominated by Pithead Chapel (poetry)

  • Best Microfiction (2018) - Nominated by Star 82 Review (fiction)

  • Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers (January-February 2018) - Honorable Mention

  • Women's National Book Association Writing Contest (2018) - Second place in fiction 

  • Black Lawrence Press Black River Chapbook Competition (Fall 2017) - Semi-Finalist 

  • Best of the Net (2017) - Nominated by Spilled Milk Magazine (poetry)

  • Bitch Media Writing Fellowship in Technology (2017) - Finalist

More Information

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Fluent in: 
English, French, Norwegian
Born in: 
Cannes, A06
Alpes-Maritimes (06)
Raised in: 
Beirut, BA
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Last update: Jan 28, 2023