Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Publications + Awards



Connotation Press“Airways” (Featured writer and interview)


Adelaide Literary Magazine“Everybody Needs Something”

Adelaide’s Literary Anthology, (Best of 2017) “Just Fine”

Contrary Magazine“Don’t Forget to Say Hello”

The Ampersand Review“Lucky Penny”

Requited Journal“Newborn Eyes”

Postcard Shorts,“Breathe, Just Breathe”

Literary Mama,“Kindergarten Pick-Up”

Emerge Literary Journal“Sometimes It’s a Pin Prick”

Fifth Wednesday Journal“At the Auditorium”


Non-fiction book: Limbu Folklore: the collection and translation of oral folklore from the Limbu people of Nepal. Pilgrims Publishing, Varanasi, India. 2004

Chapbook: Searching AnaNovel Excerpt, Winner of The New School Chapbook Award Series. Forward by contest judge, Dennis Cooper.

Collaborative Middle Grade Book: The Great CT Caper, written by 12 CT authors and illustrated by 12 CT artists.  CT Humanities Council


  • Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Fiction 2018, Connecticut Office of the Arts
  • Creative Community Fellow, 2019, National Arts Strategies
  • Pushcart Prize Nomination“At the Auditorium,” Fifth Wednesday Journal
  • Sarabande Books' Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction"Searching Ana", Top Finalist
  • The Dana Awards for the Novel"In Other Kinds of Weather", Semi-Finalist, Novel Manuscript
  • Chapbook Award in Fiction, "Searching Ana", The New School, NYC, Novel Manuscript
  • Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Contest,  top 25 winner
  • Whidbey Writers Contest in Novel"Searching Ana"Semi-Finalist, Novel Manuscript
  • William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition in Novel, "In Other Kinds of Weather", Finalist, Novel Manuscript,
  • PetrochorZine Reprint Award"Marionette", Short-Listed
  • Wesleyan Writer's Conference, Full Scholarship
  • BreadLoaf Writers' Conference
  • Sewanee Writers' Conference

Novel Manuscripts:

In Other Kinds of Weather, literary fiction (85,000 words), takes a candid look at the secrets hidden beneath the sheen and façade of suburban life that keeps neighbors from knowing what is truly going on behind each other’s doors, as one man struggles to save his family from financial ruin. Oakville, Illinois, a quiet upscale suburb outside of Chicago, is simmering with trouble. Amidst a new organic tattoo parlor, a boutique dog bakery, and Starbucks, Zelasko’s Jewelers remains a relic of the past and an emblem of Oakville. Frank Willis has lost his job as a project manager at a large technology firm in Chicago and his family is careening for disaster: his teenage son is selling marijuana, his father is declining in assisted living, and his wife has checked into a mental health treatment facility across the country. Across town, newly-single marriage counselor Rachel Stein struggles to protect her five-year-old daughter from an anti-Semitic bully, as she delves into her clients’ forays into unschooling, naturist societies, and dating apps. When Frank and Rachel’s paths collide one fateful night at Zelasko’s Jeweler’s, an unexpected twist occurs forcing each character to make a life-altering decision. How far would you go to save the ones you love? IN OTHER KINDS OF WEATHER explores issues of identity and middle age, while examining the sacrifices we make along the way, sometimes unknowingly, in order to adapt to our most intimate relationships. An unflinching look at the darker times many American families face and the love required in the struggle to find our way through. 

Searching Ana, literary fiction (80,000 words): Set two decades apart, ANNA HILL and LOU HAYES set off on parallel searches to find missing people as they scour the urban corners of Chicago looking for their lost loves. Anna Hill, a twelve-year-old girl in the mid-80’s, pines after the boy next door who has mysteriously returned to his family after having been missing for the past five years. However, when it is discovered that he is an imposter and not actually the missing child, the boy runs away in the middle of the night. Ana, in attempt to flee her own broken family and reunite with the boy, sets off on a mission to find out who he really is. In 2000, Lou, a mentally unstable groundskeeper for the Chicago Parks Department meets Anna and quickly falls madly in love. But after Anna moves into his garden-level apartment, she leaves for work one day and never returns. Anna’s disappearance creates a psychological unraveling in Lou as he embarks on a desperate search to find her. As we follow Anna and Lou on their searches, we learn of the dark and hidden truths as their paths gradually intersect. SEARCHING ANNA shines a questioning light on how well we can truly know one another. What happens when what you've been searching for is ultimately not what you have been seeking?


Non-Fiction Manuscript: Poetry on the Streets/Essential Voices from the Pandemic: a collection of original poems written by everyday passersby along with their photographs over three years

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

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