Melanie Pappadis Faranello

Publications & Awards

Selected Publications


  • Winner of the 2022 Marianne Russo Award from Key West Literary Seminars for Novel-in-Progress: In Other Kinds of Weather
  • 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 Nomination“At the Auditorium,” Fifth Wednesday Journal
  • 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, Full Scholarship
  • Key West Literary Seminars, Full Scholarship

Novel Manuscripts:

In Other Kinds of Weather, literary fiction (80,000 words), examines the secrets hidden beneath the sheen  suburban life that keeps neighbors from knowing what is truly going on behind each other’s doors, as one man veers off course in effort to save his family from financial ruin and a single mother struggles to recreate herself. 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. An unflinching look at the darker times many American families face and the love required in the struggle to find our way through. 

Anna and Lou (literary fiction ~70,000 words) interweaves the stories of a twelve-year-old girl in the 80’s and a thirty-two-year-old groundskeeper in 2000 as they search Chicago for their missing loved ones. In 1983, on the westside of Chicago, twelve-year-old Anna falls in love with her sixteen-year-old neighbor—a missing child who has mysteriously returned home after five years. When the quiet, solitary boy is discovered to be an imposter, he disappears, and Anna enters the world of child runaways, setting off on a mission to find him. In 2000, Lou, a groundskeeper for the Chicago Parks Department, is enamored by Anna, now 29, and they move in together despite Lou’s scars from his traumatic past. When Anna leaves for work one day and never returns, Lou becomes unhinged. As he embarks on a quest for answers, the power of repressed memories threatens his tenuous mental balance. Desperate for answers, Anna and Lou’s parallel searches intersect in surprising ways and reveal difficult truths that cause both to question whether they’re searching for a real person or the idea of one. Anna and Lou casts a questioning light on the reliability of memory, and how well we can truly know one another, while exploring issues of identity, loss, mental health, and what it means to truly love someone.


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. The New School Chapbook Competition

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