2020 Emerging Winner, 2020 Nonfiction Shortlist
Melissa Stephenson earned her B.A. in English from The University of Montana and her M.F.A. in fiction from Texas State University. Her writing has appeared in publications such as The Washington Post, The Rumpus, Ms. Magazine, and Narratively. Her memoir, Driven, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in 2018. The book was longlisted for the Chautauqua Book Prize and selected for Target’s Discover New Writers program. Though born and raised in Indiana, Melissa now lives in Missoula, Montana with her two kids.