Mecca Jamilah Sullivan

New York, NY

Author's Bio

Mecca Jamilah Sullivan, Ph.D. is a writer from Harlem, New York. Her fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in publications from the US, the UK, and South Africa, including Callaloo, Best New Writing, American Fiction: Best Previously Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers, Crab Orchard Review, The Minnesota Review, Bloom, Lumina, Philadelphia Stories, Baby Remember My Name, Baobab: South African Journal of New Writing, X-24:Unclassified, and others. She has also published visual art, nonfiction, and critical reviews in GLQ, Baobab, and American Visions. She is the winner of the 2008 Charles Johnson Fiction Award, the 2006 William Gunn Fiction Award, and the 2001 James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award. Her other honors include Shortlist Finalist placement for the Eric Hoffer Prose award, Finalist placement for the Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers and the Gulf Coast Fiction Prize, and second place in the American Short Fiction Short Story Contest. A graduate of the Pan-African Literary Forum in Ghana and other workshops, Mecca has been awarded fiction scholarships, fellowships and residencies from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Yaddo Colony, The Hedgebrook Writers’ Retreat, Temple University, and the New York State Summer Writers’ Institute. She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania, and is completing her first novel. (Photo by Rachel Eliza Griffiths.)

Publications and Prizes


X-24: Unclassified
(Flipped eye,
Woman's Work
(GirlChild Press,
2010 Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize Stories
(Del Sol Press,
American Fiction: Best Unpublished Short Stories by Emerging Writers
(New Rivers Press,


Philadelphia Stories
Minnesota Review
American Visions
Crab Orchard Review
The Homeboy Review
Specter Magazine
Ms. Magazine
Center For Fiction Emerging Writer Fellowship, 2011. Yaddo Colony Fiction Residency, 2010. Hedgebrook Retreat Fiction Residency, 2010. Waiter/work-study Scholarship, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 2010. Charles Johnson Fiction Award, 2008. American Short Fiction Short Story Contest (Second Place Winner), 2010. Gulf Coast Fiction Contest (Finalist), 2010. Robert Olen Butler Fiction Prize (Finalist), 2010. Eric Hoffer Prose Award (Shortlist Finalist), 2009. Glimmer Train Short Story Award for New Writers (Finalist), 2009. Downtown Urban Theatre Festival (Finalist), 2009. Sol Books Prose Series (Finalist), 2009. Story of the Month, Philadelphia Stories online, January, 2008. William Gunn Fiction Award, 2005. Smith-Shonubi Scholarship in Fiction, NY State Summer Writers' Institute, 2005. Temple University Future Faculty Fellowship for Fiction, 2004-5. James Baldwin Memorial Playwriting Award, 2001.

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Fiction Writer
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African American
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New York, NY
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New York, NY

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Listing last updated: December 4, 2012.