Melanie Pappadis Faranello


                               WRITING AWARDS

  • Winner of Marianne Russo Award for Novel-in-ProgressKey West Literary Seminars' Emerging Writer Awards
  • Writer-in-Residence, Monson Arts, 2024
  • Writer-in-Residence, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, 2024
  • William Faulkner-Wisdom Competition in Novel, Finalist
  • Pushcart Prize Nominations, Short Story, "At the Auditorium,” and CNF, "El Coup."
  • Sarabande Books' Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, Top Finalist
  • Artist Fellowship Award- Fiction, CT Office of the Arts
  • The Dana Awards for the NovelIn Other Kinds of Weather, Semi-Finalist
  • Winner of The New School Chapbook Award in Fiction
  • 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, Full Merit Scholarship
  • Key West Literary Seminars,  Full Merit Scholarship
  • AWP: Moderator and Presenter 2023 "Radical Empathy: Writing and Community Engagement as a form of Resistance"


PAPER HOUSES (Novel-literary fiction) a dual-timeline twisty, psychological exploration of mistaken identity, longing and desire. Set in 1984 and 2001 Chicago, intertwining a reclusive groundskeeper and a  twelve-year-old girl in their desperate searches to reconnect with missing loved ones. 

IN OTHER KINDS OF WEATHER, (Novel-literary fiction), the cloaked normalcy of suburbia, questioning how well we truly know what is going on behind our neighbors’ doors, as a recently laid-off family man veers off course to save his family. 

A FLIGHT, A RABBLE, A WING: Notes on Grief and Belonging: (CNF)  a collection of creative non-fiction centering on various forms of loss. 

EVERYBODY NEEDS SOMETHING (Story Collection)  a collection of short stories exploring our human need for connection and the ways in which we struggle to attain it.

POETRY ON THE STREETS : A coffee table style collection of photographs and typewriter poetry spontaneously written by everyday people on the street 

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


  • Non-fiction book: Limbu Folklore: the collection and translation of oral folklore from the Limbu people of NepalPilgrims 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, by 12 CT authors and artists. CT Humanities Council 

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