Melissa Pritchard is a fiction writer, essayist and humanitarian journalist, and the author of ten works of fiction, an essay collection and a biography. Recipient of numerous awards including the Flannery O’Connor and Carl Sandburg Awards, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Barnes and Noble “Discover” Prize, an NEA, three Pushcart and two O.Henry Prizes, her award-winning fiction has appeared in over seventy journals, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, Ecotone, The Georgia Review, A Public Space and Agni. Her non-fiction has appeared in Conjunctions, The Wilson Quarterly, The Nation, The Gettysburg Review, The Chicago Tribune and O, The Oprah Magazine. Melissa’s essay collection, A Solemn Pleasure, was an Amazon Bestseller, a Poets and Writers “Best Books For Writers” and a Lit Hub’s “Best Book about Books” selection.
Founder of the Ashton Goodman Fund through the Afghan Women’s Writing Project, Melissa has traveled to Afghanistan, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Thailand and India, and received fellowships from the Howard Foundation at Brown University, the Hawthornden Foundation, Scotland, the Ledig-Rowohlt Foundation, Switzerland and the Bogliasco Foundation, Italy. Most recently, she has been a fellow at the Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians in Columbus, Georgia. Professor Emerita at Arizona State University, where she received awards for her teaching and humanitarian work, Melissa is currently the fiction editor for IMAGE: Art, Faith and Mystery. She currently is at work on a sixth novel and new short story collection.
She lives in Columbus, Georgia.