Michelle Ross

Fiction Writer

Tucson, AZ
Arizona US

Author's Bio

Michelle Ross is the author of three story collections There’s So Much They Haven’t Told You, winner of the 2016 Moon City Press Fiction Award and Finalist for the INDIES Foreward Book of the Year Award in Short Fiction, Shapeshifting, winner of the 2020 Stillhouse Press Fiction Award (forthcoming in 2021), and They Kept Running, winner of the Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction (forthcoming in 2022). Her fiction has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Colorado Review, Gulf Coast, Witness, and elsewhere. It's been included in Best Microfiction, Best Small Fictions, and the Wigleaf Top 50, among other anthologies. A native of Texas, she lives in Tucson, Arizona, where she works in digitial curriculum and asssessment and serves as fiction editor for Atticus Review.

Publications & Prizes

They Kept Running (University of North Texas Press, 2022)
Shapeshifting (Stillhouse Press, 2021)
There's So Much They Haven't Told You (Moon City Press, 2017)
Prizes won: 
  • Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction, 2021
  • First place, 2021 Zizzle Literary Flash Fiction contest
  • "Hostages" was long-listed for the 2021 Wigleaf Top 50
  • “Cake or Pie” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2021
  • 2020 Sue Lile Inman Fiction Prize, Emrys Journal
  • “Mirrors” was selected for Best Microfiction 2021
  • Finalist, 2020 W.S. Porter Prize, Regal House Press
  • Finalist, 2020 Hudson Prize, Black Lawrence Press
  • 2020 Stillhouse Books Short Story Award
  • Finalist, 2020 Orison Fiction Prize
  • “Fertilizer” and “Manhandle” were long-listed for the 2020 Wigleaf Top 50
  • Finalist, Story Foundation Prize 2020
  • Finalist, 2020 Blue Light Books Prize
  • “Fertilizer” and “Palate Cleanser” were selected for Best Microfiction 2020
  • “One or Two?” was selected for 2019 Wigleaf Top 50; also, “An Arm or a Palm Frond or a Boot” was long-listed
  • Finalist, 2018 Lascaux Prize in Short Fiction for “A Mouth is a House for Teeth”
  • Finalist, 2018 Best of the Net Anthology for “Why Science Lessons That Involve Potatoes Give Me Grief”
  • Finalist and Highly Commended Story, The Forge 2018 Flash Fiction Contest for “Muscle Memory”
  • Finalist, 2017 Foreward INDIES Book of the Year Awards in Short Stories
  • Finalist, 2017 Lascaux Prize in Flash Fiction for “Prologue”
  • Long-listed for 2017 Wigleaf Top 50 for “Phainopepla”
  • 2016 Moon City Press Short Fiction Award
  • Runner-up for 2016 Juniper Prize in Short Fiction
  • Finalist, 2016 New American Press Short Fiction Prize
  • Finalist, 2016 Leapfrog Press Fiction Contest
  • 3rd Place Winner, Sixfold 2016 Spring Fiction Contest
  • 3rd Place Winner, Sixfold 2015 Winter Fiction Contest
  • Winner of Sixfold 2014 Winter Fiction Contest
  • Winner of Main Street Rag 2005 Fiction Contest
  • Finalist, Pebble Lake Review 2005 Fiction Contest 
  • Gulf Coast 2002 Fiction Prize 

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Dickinson, TX
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Last update: Sep 17, 2021