Vanessa Blakeslee
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Recent Publications: 

"Winterland, a novel excerpt." Literary Matters, Summer 2021 Issue. 

"Seeking Refuge," essay at The Smart Set

"Our Permian Paradox," essay at The Smart Set

Books & Other Notable Works
Vanessa's writing has appeared in over 100 acclaimed publications in print and online, in the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, and elsewhere. Click below for excerpts and recordings of her work. 
Train Shots: stories
~Winner, 2014 Independent Publisher's Gold Medal for Short Story Fiction
~Frank O'Connor Short Story Award Long-list
​~Sherwood Anderson Foundation Fiction Award Finalist
~Optioned in 2015 for feature film by writer/director, Hannah Beth King
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Train Shots is now available as an audio book from Audible and iTunes!
Awards and Praise for Juventud, a novel 
~IPPY, Bronze, Literary Fiction
~Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year, Finalist
~Eric Hoffer Award, First Runner-Up in General Fiction, Montaigne Medal, Finalist

"Blakeslee is a wonderful storyteller and a powerful new voice. Train Shots was a strong debut and has recently been optioned for film; this book should put her in the limelight again." ~Sarah Corbett Morgan, The Internet Review of Books