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Alyson is a writer from New Jersey with an MFA from Warren Wilson College. Her story collection was runner-up for the 2022 Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction.  She has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, for Best Small Fictions, and Best Microfictions, and twice longlisted for the Wigleaf Top 50.  She works as an editorial consultant and creative writing instructor, and she is an Assistant Fiction editor at Pithead Chapel.


  • Colorado Review  (print only)

  • Alaska Quarterly Review (print only)

  • Passages North (print only)


  • The Journal

  • Wigleaf

  • Saranac Review

  • Lunch Ticket

  • Lost Balloon

  • WAS Quarterly

  • Atticus Review

  • Pithead Chapel

  • matchbook

  • Okay Donkey

  • Pigeon Pages

  • Miracle Monoclei

  • Husk Zine

  • Exposition Review

  • The Puritan

  • Little Patuxent Review

  • Construction

  • Craft

  • Flock

  • Ficton Writers Review

  • Empty House Press

  • Rejection Letters

  • Emrys Journal Online

  • Entropy

  • Visual Verse

  • Unbroken

  • The Common Breath - The Middle of a Sentence (anthology)

  • Art of the Short - featured story (podcast episode)

selected flash fiction

call it a night

the middle ages

ploughman's lunch

Q: does this pie travel well?

the candy striper pockets a note...

hazardous to sea life

her own bear now

fire sale


selected short fiction

everything must go

saint nobody

selected craft 

the grind: revelatory repetition in

edward p. jones’s

“an orange line train to ballston”

more with less : limited setting 

eye of the storm: interlude in the 

penultimate space


eye of the storm: interlude in the 

penultimate space


fun stuff

interview : colorado review

wigleaf isolation playlist

art of the short podcast

track 16

fun stuff
  • 2022 Runner-Up, Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, story collection Marvelous Freaks of Nature!

  • 2022 Pushcart Prize Nomination, The Middle Ages

  • 2022 Best Small Fictions nomination, The Journal, "Her Own Bear Now"

  • 2022 Finalist, Gigantic Sequins Flash Fiction contest

  • 2022 Longlist, Wigleaf Top 50 "Hazardous to Sea Life"

  • 2022 Best Small Fictions nomination, Exposition Review, "Vigil"

  • 2021 Finalist, Edith Wharton - Straw Dogs Writers Guild - Writer-In-Residence

  • 2021 Honorable Mention, Cincinnati Review's Robert and Adele Schiff Awards

  • 2021 1st Place, Exposition Review's Flash 405 Contest (House Party Theme), "Vigil"

  • 2021 Longlist, Wigleaf Top 50, "Decoys"

  • 2021 Best Microfictions nomination, "Fire Sale"

  • 2020 Longlist, The Forge's Flash Fiction Competition, "Hazardous to Sea Life"

  • 2020 Pushcart Prize nomination, "Prix Fixe"

  • 2020 Best Small Fictions nomination, "Prix Fixe"

  • 2018 Longlist, Prism International's Grouse Grand Lit Prize for V. Short Forms, "Sharon Tate"

  • 2018 Finalist, Page International Screenplay Awards

  • 2017 Semi-Finalist, ScreenCraft Family-Friendly Screenplay Award

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Looking for objective feedback on your prose or your screenplay?

I am currently taking clients. I'd love to talk to you about how my developmental editing could potentially help your

story or script reach its full potential.

DM  on socials for more information about rates and availability. 

"Alyson's genuine curiosity,

honesty, and extensive knowledge make her a wonderful editor."

-Susan P.

"Some of the best feedback I've ever received on my writing. Alyson is efficient, thorough and highly skilled"

-Rachel M.

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