Melanie Bishop’s young adult novel, My So-Called Ruined Life (Torrey House Press, 2014) was a top-five finalist for both the John Gardner Award in Fiction, sponsored by University of Binghamton, and the Firecracker Awards, sponsored by Council of Literary Magazines and Presses. It was a top-ten finalist for the Lascaux Fiction Prize. The Savior of Me, Book Two of the Tate McCoy Series, is forthcoming.
Bishop has nonfiction in New York Times‘ “Modern Love” column and in Family Circle, and short fiction in Glimmer Train, Georgetown Review, Greensboro Review, Florida Review, Potomac Review, Valley Guide, Hospice Magazine, Puerto del Sol, Moria, and The American.
She is currently seeking publication for longform nonfiction titled “Final Instructions for Princesses,” and for a cycle of linked stories, Home for Wayward Girls, which has been a finalist in seven book contests: Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction; University of Iowa Press Short Fiction Awards; Doris Bakwin Award; Tartt Fiction Award; the Eludia Award; the Serena McDonald Kennedy Award; and Augury Press’ Book Prize.
Melanie Bishop is Faculty Emeritus at Prescott College, where she taught creative writing and literature for twenty-two years, and was founder and editor of Alligator Juniper, the college’s award-winning, national literary magazine. Currently Bishop offers instruction, editing and coaching through Lexi Services, and reviews books for Carmel Magazine, New York Journal of Books, and Huffington Post.