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Melanie Bishop, M.F.A. - Faculty




220 Grove Ave
Prescott, AZ   86301



Melanie Bishop is currently on sabbatical.
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Melanie  Bishop, M.F.A.

Academic Statement (Return to top)

While Melanie's MFA is in fiction writing, she also writes creative nonfiction and screenplays. She's been on the faculty at Prescott College for twenty years, during which she's witnessed and participated in the rapid growth of the Arts & Letters Program. What really excites Melanie about the teaching and learning that goes on at Prescott College are the small classes, the richness of the relationships with students, and the opportunties made available through practicum courses. If a student in writing and literature were to take advantage of all the practicum courses, at the time of graduation that student would have worked on the staff of an award-winning regional newspaper, worked on the staff of an award-winning national literary magazine, taught a creative writing class in the community, and written her/his first book.  These are the things that distinguish our degree from others at like institutions.  There's nowhere Melanie would rather teach than Prescott College.



Background & Experience

Selected Publications (Return to top)


"Taking Care of Calvin," Florida Review, Fall//Winter 1990, Vol. XVII, No. 2, pages 120-131.

"Sisterhood," Glimmer Train

"Neighbors," Glimmer Train

"The Kind of Girl I Was," Glimmer Train

"Resolutions," Puerto del Sol

"Stings," Greensboro Review

"Necessary Volume," Georgetown Review


"My Father's Legacy," Family Circle


Research (Return to top)

Research interests:

Women's literature, Latin American literature in translation, adapting short stories to the screen, memoir and the issues brought up by teaching memoir in the college classroom, literary magazines.


Awards, Grants, & Honors (Return to top)

For Home for Wayward Girls, a story cycle (also entered under title The Kind of Girl I Was):

Finalist, Tartt Fiction Award, University of West Alabama Press, 2011.

Finalist, Doris Bakwin Award, Carolina Wren Press, 2011.

Finalist, Mary McCarthy Prize in Fiction, Sarabande Books, 2010.

Finalist in Fiction, The Iowa Prize, University of Iowa Press, 2010. 

For individual stories in the cycle:

Finalist, Family Matters Contest, Glimmer Train, 2010

Finalist, Fiction Open, Glimmer Train, 2010

Finalist, The Fish Short Story Prize, Fish Press, Ireland, 2010

Finalist, A.E. Coppard Prize in Fiction, White Eagle Coffee Store Press, 2010

Finalist, Fiction Open, Glimmer Train, 2011

Awards for Alligator Juniper, literary magazine:

Three-time winner of the AWP Directors' Prize for Undergraduate Literary Magazines.


Two Career Advancement Grants from The AZ Commission on the Arts

Writers' residencies at Hedgebrook, Hambidge Center for the Arts, Ucross, Eastern Frontier Society's Norton Island Retreat

Screenwriting Grant from The Wendy Fort Foundation for Dance, Literature and Film

Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship, from The Writers' Film Project

The Transatlantic Review Award, from the Henfield Foundation

CLMP Seed Grant for Alligator Juniper


Nominee for The George Garrett Award for Outstanding Community Service in Literature, 2008

Education (Return to top)

B.A. Prescott College, 1986

M.F.A. University of Arizona, 1992

Chesterfield Screenwriting Fellowship, sponsored by Universal Pictures and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. Year-long training in writing for the screen.

Expertise (Return to top)

Literary magazines


Fiction writing

Writing and teaching the memoir

Service Learning


Academic Involvement at Prescott College (Return to top)


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