Sean Madden

Fiction Writer

Lincoln, CA

Author's Bio

Sean Madden is an analyst at the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. He holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Kentucky and a BA in English from UC Berkeley. His stories, essays, and poems have appeared or are forthcoming in The John Updike Review, The Los Angeles Review, Roanoke ReviewWaccamaw, Small Print, 580 Split, and Dappled Things. He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada with his wife and sons, and is currently seeking representation for his first novel.

Publications & Prizes

Journals: , , ,
The Coil
The Thing Itself Literary Journal
Umbrella Factory Magazine
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White Wall Review
Prizes won: 
  • 52nd Jerry Jazz Musician Short Fiction Contest (Finalist for "The Growing Terror of Nothing to Think About," Nov 2019).
  • Luminaire Award for Best Prose (Finalist for “How the Lonesome Engine Drivers Pine,” The Coil, Alternating Current Press, Jun 2018).
  • Fourth Annual Emerging Writers Prize (Co-recipient, The John Updike Review, Fall 2017).
  • Tuscany Prize for Catholic Fiction (Finalist for “The Sister’s Inheritance,” Sep 2014).

Personal Favorites

Favorite authors: 
Marcel Proust, John Updike, Bernard Malamud, Flannery O'Connor, Richard Russo, John Banville, Victor LaValle, Elizabeth Taylor, Edward St. Aubyn, Ron Hansen, Chaim Potok, J.F. Powers.
What I'm reading now: 
A Wee Nip at the 19th Hole by Richard Mackenzie, Collected Later Stories by John Updike

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San Diego, CA
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San Diego, CA
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Last update: Jul 13, 2020