Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Publications & Awards



  • Winner of the 2022 Marianne Russo Award for Novel-in-Progress: In Other Kinds of Weather; Key West Literary Seminars Emerging Writer Awards
  • Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction 2018, Connecticut Office of the Arts
  • William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition in Novel, In Other Kinds of Weather, Finalist, Novel Manuscript.
  • Winner of The Chapbook Award in Fiction, Searching Ana, The New School, NYC, Novel.  
  • Creative Community Fellow, 2019, National Arts Strategies
  • Pushcart Prize Nominations“At the Auditorium,” Fifth Wednesday Journal. "El Coup," Story Quarterly.
  • Sarabande Books' Mary McCarthy Prize in FictionSearching Ana, Top Finalist
  • The Dana Awards for the NovelIn Other Kinds of Weather, Semi-Finalist, Novel Manuscript
  • Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Contest,  top 25 winner
  • Whidbey Writers Contest in NovelSearching AnaSemi-Finalist, Novel Manuscript
  • PetrochorZine Reprint Award"Marionette", Short-Listed


  • Bread Loaf Writers' Conference
  • Sewanee Writers' Conference
  • Wesleyan Writer's Conference, Scholarship
  • Key West Literary Seminars,  Scholarship
  • AWP: Moderator and Presenter 2023 "Radical Empathy: Writing and Community Engagement as a form of Resistance"


PAPER HOUSES (Novel-literary fiction) interweaves the stories of a twelve-year-old girl in the 80’s and a thirty-two-year-old groundskeeper in 2001 as they search Chicago for signs of their missing loved ones.

IN OTHER KINDS OF WEATHER, (Novel-literary fiction), examines the cloaked normalcy of suburbia and questions how well we truly know what is going on behind our neighbors’ doors. 

EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMETHING (Story Collection) exposes our human need for connection and explores the many ways in which we struggle to attain it.

THE SHAPE OF GRIEF (Essay collection~ in progress)  a collection of creative non-fiction exploring many facets of grief and loss. 

POETRY ON THE STREETS : A Collection of photographs and poetry by everyday people on the street from the US and across the globe (Including, "Young Voices Around the World" for elevating displaced and at-risk youth around the world

Forward printed in published chapbook by contest judge and author, Dennis Cooper, for winning novel excerpt, Searching Anna. The New School Chapbook Competition

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