Peter J. Stavros

Fiction Writer

Louisville, KY

Author's Bio

Peter J. Stavros is a writer in Louisville, Kentucky, and the author of two short story collections,Three in the Morning and You Don't Smoke Anymore (Etchings Press, 2020) and (Mostly) True Tales From Birchmont Village (2021). A former reporter for the Associated Press, his work as appeared in The Saturday Evening Post and The Boston Globe Magazine, among others. In addition to fiction, Peter writes creative non-fiction, essays and plays. His plays have been produced across the country, garnering Audience Favorite accolades at various festivals, including the One Act Festival of New Works at M.T. Pockets Theatre in Morgantown, West Virginia; the 8x10 TheatreFest at the Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio; the Ten-Tucky Festival of Ten-Minute Plays at the Bard's Town Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky; and the Festival of Ten at The College at Brockport - SUNY. Peter earned a BA in English from Duke University, where he received the prestigious Newman Ivey White Award for Fiction, and studied creative writing on a graduate level at Emerson College and Harvard University.

Publications & Prizes

Crack the Spine XVI (Crack the Spine, 2017)
Kentucky Review 2016 (FutureCycle Press, 2017)
Three in the Morning and You Don't Smoke Anymore (Etchings Press, 2020)
101 Words
2 Elizabeths
Cheap Pop
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Dime Show Review
Door is a Jar Magazine
Easy Street
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Fleas on the Dog
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Kentucky Review
Literary Orphans
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The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature
The East Bay Review
Prizes won: 

Honorable Mention, Short Fiction, Literary LEO, 2021 ("The Girl With Bags Under Her Eyes"); Winner, Etchings Press 2020 Book Prize for a Chapbook of Prose ("Three in the Morning and You Don't Smoke Anymore"); Finalist, 2020 Trifecta Competition, Iron Horse Literary Review (“Tryouts”); Audience Choice Winner, 2020 One Act Festival of New Works, M.T. Pockets Theatre, Morgantown, WV (“Geese”); Audience Choice Winner, 2019 8x10 TheatreFest, Weathervane Playhouse, Akron, OH (“Resisting”); Audience Favorite, 2019 Festival of Shorts, B3 Theater, Phoenix, AZ (“Squirrels in a Knothole”); Honorable Mention, Flash Fiction, Literary LEO, 2019 (“Geese”); Finalist, The Atlas Review 2019 Chapbook Series (“The Sadie Stories”); Runner-Up, 2019 Gambling the Aisle Chapbook Competition ("The Sadie Stories"); Audience Favorite, 2018 Ten-Tucky Festival, The Bard’s Town Theatre, Louisville, KY (“PMA and the Beast”); Semi-Finalist, The Florida Review, 2018 Jeanne Leiby Chapbook Award ("The Sadie Stories"); Top 5 Finalist, Ten Minute Play Festival, Durango (CO) Arts Center, 2017 ("Good Things"); Audience Choice Winner, Festival of Ten, The College at Brockport - SUNY, 2017 ("Squirrels in a Knothole"); Third Place, Flash Fiction, Literary LEO, 2016 (“Anniversary”); Finalist, Editor’s Prize, New Fiction, Fiction Southeast, 2015 (“Sadie Says We Have to Leave”); Third Place, Short Fiction, Literary LEO, 2015 (“Snow Day”) 

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Last update: Jul 31, 2021