Melissa Sipin

Fiction Writer

Author's Bio

Melissa R. Sipin is a writer from Carson, CA. She won Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open and the Washington Square Review’s Flash Fiction Prize. She co-edited Kuwento: Lost Things, an anthology on Philippine myths (Carayan Press 2014), and her work is in Guernica Magazine, PEN/Guernica Flash Series, VIDA: Women in Literary Arts, Eleven Eleven Magazine, and Amazon’s literary journal Day One, among others. Cofounder of TAYO Literary Magazine, her fiction has won scholarships and fellowships from The MacDowell Colony, Poets & Writers Inc., Kundiman, VONA/Voices Conference, Squaw Valley’s Community of Writers, Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and was shortlisted for the David Wong Fellowship at the University of East Anglia. She is represented by Sarah Levitt at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth Literary Agency in New York City and is hard at work on a collection of stories and novel. More at

Publications & Prizes

Prizes won: 

Washington Square Review's Flash Fiction Prize (2015), Miguel G. Flores Prize Fund (2015), First Place: Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open (March 2013), Amanda Davis Fiction Thesis Prize, Honorable Mention: Glimmer Train’s Fiction Open (September 2013), Tennessee Williams Scholar: Sewanee Writers’ Conference (July 2013), Nominated for Pushcart Prize by Kweli Journal, Ardella Mills Prize (2013), Community Engagement Fellow (Mills College), Nominated for Pushcart Prize by Kartika Review

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Asian American, Filipino American
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Carson, CA
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Last update: Dec 02, 2016