Vanessa Blakeslee

Fiction Writer

Melbourne, FL 32904

Author's Bio

Vanessa Blakeslee's latest book, Perfect Conditions: stories is the winner of the Foreword Reviews’ 2018 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award for Short Stories (Gold), the 2019 IPPY Silver Medal for Short Story Fiction (Silver), the NIEA (Gold), and was a Chicago Tribune "Summer Reads" Pick, among other accolades. Her debut novel, Juventud (Curbside Splendor, 2015), was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a "tale of self-discovery and intense first love." The book earned high praise from the Jewish Book Council, the LA Progressive, Bustle, Washington Independent Review of Books, the Rumpus, the SIBA Award/Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, to name a few. Her story collection, Train Shots (Burrow Press) won the 2014 IPPY Gold Medal in Short Fiction, was long-listed for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and optioned for a feature film. Her writing has appeared in The Southern ReviewThe Paris Review DailyPublishers WeeklyThe Globe and Mail, and Kenyon Review Online, among others. She has been awarded grants and residencies from Yaddo, Writers Omi, The Banff Centre, the Individual Artist Fellowship in Literature from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, and many more. She teaches writing at Rollins College and serves on the Board of Directors for the Jack Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project of Orlando, FL. 

Publications & Prizes

Wordstock Ten (Franklin, Beedle & Associates, 2009)
Perfect Conditions: stories (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2018)
Juventud (Curbside Splendor Publishing, 2015)
Train Shots: stories (Burrow Press, 2014)
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Drunken Boat
Eureka Literary Magazine
Flash Fiction Online
Georgetown Review
Going Down Swinging
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Louisiana Literature
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Skidrow Penthouse
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The Dalhousie Review
The Louisiana Review
The Madison Review
Prizes won: 

Perfect Conditions, Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year for Short Stories (Gold), 2018; Perfect Conditions, Winner, the National Indie Excellence Award (NIEA) for Short Stories, 2019; Perfect Conditions, Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in Short Fiction, 2019; Juventud, Independent Publisher Book Award Bronze Medal in Literary Fiction, 2016; Finalist, Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award, 2014; Train Shots, Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPY) Gold Medal in Short Fiction, 2014; Train Shots, Long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, 2014; Florida Division of Cultural Affairs Individual Artist Fellowship Award, 2013


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East Stroudsburg, PA
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Brodheadville, PA
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Last update: Jun 24, 2020