Sam Gridley

Fiction Writer

Philadelphia, PA
Pennsylvania US

Author's Bio

Sam Gridley is the author of the novels THE SHAME OF WHAT WE ARE and THE BIG HAPPINESS. His fiction and satire have appeared in more than fifty magazines and anthologies. He has received two fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and a Wallace Stegner Fellowship from Stanford University. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife and neurotic dog and hangs out at the website

Publications & Prizes

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Calapooya Collage
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Cottonwood Magazine
Cottonwood Review
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Other Voices
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The Long Story
Wind Magazine
Prizes won: 

First Place, Fiction, Ian MacMillan Writing Awards, Hawai‘i Review, 2016 (“The Genuine Article”)
Semifinalist, William Faulkner–William Wisdom Creative Writing Competition (short story), Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society, 2015 (“Will’s Power”)
Winner, Flash Fiction Contest, Tethered by Letters Quarterly Literary Journal, 2014 (“A Little Girl’s Mouth”)
Third Prize, 2013 Story Contest, Northwind (“Procession”)
Third Place, Arthur Edelstein Prize for Short Fiction, The Writing Site, 2004 (“A Glutton for Pain”)
Honorable Mention, Wassmode Fiction Contest, Passages North, 2002 (“A Modified Whammy”)
Fiction Contest Winner, The Cream City Review, 2001 (“Weed Lake”)
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowships, 1993 and 1997
Finalist, Raymond Carver Short Story Contest, Toyon, 1993
Finalist, Patrick T. T. Bradshaw Award, Amelia, 1989
Honorable Mention, Alice Carter Awards, Cottonwood, 1986 (“Reunion”)
Milton Glick Award for Fiction, South Dakota Review, 1979–1980 (“Randolph Hurd”)
Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing (Fiction), Stanford University, 1970–1971

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Last update: Nov 04, 2016