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Jan Pendleton has published more than 30 short stories in leading journals, including New England Review, The Antioch Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Descant, Storyquarterly, Noon, Quarterly West, The Quarterly and Slice. She has been nominated for three Pushcart Prizes, two in 2014 and one in 2016. Pendleton was a 2007 tuition scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and won a Phelan award in poetry. She completed her MFA degree in Fiction from the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is currently represented by Curtis Brown. You can view her list of publications and read a sample story.

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Jan Pendleton's skillful stories evoke edgy, contemporary peril with an age-old mastery of plot and character; to read her work is to be reminded of Mary Gaitskill and Flannery O'Connor at the same time. It is rare to find a writer who can turn a series of beautiful sentences into a gripping, unpredictable, page-turning story. Pendleton is most definitely such a writer.

Lily King, Author

Jan Pendleton has the gift of vision, a keen eye to evoke vivid physical and psychological palettes. She also has the patience to weave them into a fabric of genuine empathy and sorrow.

Ronald Spatz, Editor
Alaska Quarterly Review

photos of publications' covers: Alaska Quarterly, Antioch Review, Descant, New England Review, Noon, Quarterly West, Story Quarterly, The Quarterly

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