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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, a finalist for the George Garrett Prize, and longlisted for the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition. One of her stories received a special mention in the 2024 Pushcart Prize anthology.  She works as an editorial consultant and creative writing instructor. She is an Assistant Fiction editor at Pithead Chapel and a recipient of a 2024 Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts.


  • Colorado Review  (print only)

  • Alaska Quarterly Review

  • Passages North (print only)

  • Salamander (print only)

  • Arts & Letters (print only)

  • The Writer's Chronicle

  • Cincinnati Review miCRo series

  • Michigan Quarterly Review Mixtape

  • Tahoma Literary Review


  • The Journal

  • Wigleaf

  • Saranac Review

  • Lunch Ticket

  • Lost Balloon

  • WAS Quarterly

  • Atticus Review

  • Pithead Chapel

  • matchbook

  • Okay Donkey

  • Pigeon Pages

  • Short Édition

  • Redivider

  • Journal of Compressed Creative Arts

  • Sundog Litu

  • Revolute

  • The Plentitudes

  • Vast Chasm

  • Miracle Monoclei

  • Hex

  • 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

  • Short Story Today - featured writer (podcast episode)

  • Select Short Édition Story Dispensers

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

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

  • Good Beer Hunting - Read.Look.Drink

  • Project Write Now - guest blog post

selected flash fiction

the conservation candidate’s speechwriter tosses another draft of his valentine into the trash

they’re called giblets when they are packaged in the cavity like that

checking on the devil

we watch a depressing climate change documentary and i begin to dream of tables every time i sleep beside you

call it a night

open the window,
let the cool air in 

her own bear now

Q: does this pie travel well?

the middle ages

selected short fiction

three season room

everything must go

saint nobody

selected poetry

the vendor at the farmers market honey stall gingerly peels away a sticky note stuck to the underside of the cash box

electrical storm

january frieze

fun stuff
fun stuff

interview: short story today podcast

my story, Doubloons, will be distributed at short story dispensers throughout the US
(click for locations)


interview : colorado review

wigleaf isolation playlist

art of the short podcast

track 16

  • 2024 Mid-Atlantic Arts Fellowship recipient, Individual Artist Grant, NJ State Council for the Arts

  • 2024 Special Mention, Pushcart Prize Anthology, "Marvelous Freaks of Nature!"

  • 2024 Best Microfiction anthology, Pelekinesis Press, "After Steady Work Dries Up, the Aging B Movie Queen..."

  • 2024 Finalist, Texas Review Press's George Garret Fiction award, story collection Marvelous Freaks of Nature!

  • 2023 Longlist, Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition, story collection Marvelous Freaks of Nature!

  • 2023 Best Microfiction nomination, "Checking on the Devil"

  • 2023 Fiction Mentor, Adroit's Summer Mentorship Program

  • 2023 Semi-finalist, Adroit Review's Anthony Veasna So Scholar

  • 2023 Longlist, Wigleaf Top 50 "Q: Does This Pie Travel Well?"

  • 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, The Forge's Flash Fiction Competition, "Open the Window, Let in the Cool Air"

  • 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

hire me
hire me

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.

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"Alyson's genuine curiosity,

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

-Susan P.

Alyson is extremely knowledgeable about writing and has many examples from literature, about style, about craft. She makes suggestions about what you should read. All I can say is I have been concentrating on the things she suggests, and my writing is so much better.

-Karen C.

"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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