I’m so excited and honored to be participating in two upcoming readings! One that’s kicking off Electric Sheep’s Reading Series and another in celebration of the launch of Lindz McLeod’s collection TURDUCKEN!

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For updates direct to your email, weird bat “facts,” and some writing-related stuff, check out my newsletter: Peacock Mantis Shrimp!

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I’m so honored to share that the wonderful people at hex have nominated my story “Candlelight” for Best of the Net!



Ahhh so excited to finally get to brag about a project I did earlier this winter/spring! I was invited to write the story for a video game being designed by the fabulous Natalie Mueller (and Amanda Weiss!) for GA Tech’s Hivemind. It’s called “The Unpaved”! The story is inspired by Angela Carter’s “The Erl-King” and is an eco horror game set on GA Tech’s campus. If you’re ever hanging around their campus, be sure to whip out your cellphone and give it a play. And definitely be sure to check out the rest of Hivemind’s awesome stories and projects!



Very excited to be a reader for Mason Jar Press’s 1729 Book Prize in Prose, judged by Diane Zinna! Special thank you to The Ivy Bookshop for helping to make this prize possible.



Ah! I failed to mention something absurdly cool that happened in January: I co-edited an issue of W&S Quarterly with the fabulous Brooke Kolcow! Welcome to issue 1.3, everyone!

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tickets taken & purses checked; here we go. the stadium is packed with bloodied players, band nerds, wild mascots, and furious fans. and if you look beyond the lights, the towering goalposts, to the darkness looking back: tombstones, final girls, ghosts, and giants. even a dinosaur or two. there’s more to this game than a helmet and ball, more players than those out on the field, more than just heartache in this world. there’s humor and pride as well, closeness and desire, deep nostalgia and endless forward motion.


Super delighted to be featured by the ever-wonderful Mugshot Writers!



The good news keeps coming! I’m so excited that my HAD story “Naked At Last” has just been nominated for the Best Microfiction anthology!

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I’m so happy and honored to announce that my stories “Bone Deep” with Passages North and “Another Morning” with Fractured Lit have both been nominated for the Best Microfiction anthology!

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"Bone-Deep" by KC Mead-Brewer.
"Raid" by aureleo sans.
"The woman who cuts my hair says she's been hearing noises in her apartment" by Leslie Walker Trahan.
"History Lesson" by Jenzo DeQue.
"Porcelain Soviet Space Dogs, Set of 4" by Taylor Alexandra Duffy.
"I'm digging graves for rats" by Aekta Khubchandani.


Oh man! I’m super honored and excited to announce that my spooky mermaid story, “Hold Your Breath,” has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Uncharted Magazine!



Holy smokes, I’m in love with this cover for AND IF THAT MOCKINGBIRD DON’T SING! I’m so excited to have a story included in this anthology and can’t wait to read everyone else’s work. If you’re interested too, you can preorder your own copy right here.

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Title drop! I absolutely love this cover hint from Alternating Current for their anthology: AND IF THAT MOCKINGBIRD DON’T SING: PARENTING STORIES GONE SPECULATIVE. I’m so honored to have a story included in this anthology and can’t wait for preorders to become available!

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Can’t wait to see my story “Each Droplet of Blood” published with Alternating Current‘s anthology PARENTING STORIES GONE SPECULATIVE (edited by the wonderful Hannah Grieco!). My person and I are childless by choice, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been in childcare roles before. It was such a pleasure and a challenge to write a story inspired by my experiences caring for my young niece.


I’m so excited and honored to have a story on the shortlist for Fractured Lit’s Ghost, Fable, & Fairy Tale Prize! Can’t wait to read the stories behind these stellar titles!



Man, it’s been a strange spring this year. The ice crackling apart here in Ithaca, cicadas screaming into the world, vaccination relief at last, and now this: my and my person’s first (and hopefully forever) house that’s taking us back to beautiful Baltimore.

My favorite part of the new house is, of course, the new writing desk. (Can’t wait till it arrives!) Here’s to more stories in the world and the spaces that serve as their threshold!


It’s such an honor to have my short story “The Angel Finger” shortlisted for the 2020 CRAFT Short Fiction Prize, judged by the fabulous Alexander Chee! Look for it up with CRAFT this October!

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First Place—Jinwoo Chong: “Ariel”
Second Place—Rachel Pollon: “Yo Te Veo”
Third Place—Elie Piha: “Mule”


Jane Baskin: “Caprice”
Andrea Eberly: “The Portrait of Venus”
Temim Fruchter: “Viduy”
Puloma Ghosh: “Natalya”
Alejandro Heredia: “_____”
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson: “Buying a House Ahead of the Apocalypse”
Michelle Lee: “jump!”
K.C. Mead-Brewer: “The Angel Finger”
Deborah Schupack: “Bird’s Eye View” (withdrawn)
Flavia Stefani: “The Division of Bad News”
Meg Todd: “My Father’s Wife”
Tian Yi: “Body Language”


I’m bonkers excited that my short story “The Hidden People” was selected by Andrew Sean Greer for CutBank Magazine’s 2020 Montana Prize in Fiction!



I’m so honored to be a finalist for the Best of the Net 2019 anthology! Check out my shortlisted story “The Hunted” with The Cincinnati Review. And get a look at all the fabulous contributors and other finalists here:

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I keep pinching myself, but it appears to be true: my story “The Daddy Thing” is one of Electric Literature’s most-read stories of the entire decade! I can’t believe I have a story on the same list as giants like Kelly Link, Angela Carter, Ted Chiang, Jesmyn Ward, Viet Thanh Ngyuen, Amy Hempel, and Karen Russell.

I’ll keep pinching myself — maybe eventually one of them will take. Until then, check out the full list here:



Check out this truly gorgeous end-of-year list that includes my story “The Daddy Thing”! (from the marvelous Eugenia Triantafyllou!!)

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The marvelous Mr. Bear recently performed my short story “Horse Girl” (Joyland Magazine) for her radio show Violet Hour Saloon/The Secret Lives of Stuffed AnimalsClick here to give it a listen.



I’m so thrilled and honored to have my tiny story “The Sweethearts” nominated by Pidgeonholes for the 2020 Best Microfiction anthology!

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Exciting news! I’ve got a tiny horror story coming out in X-R-A-Y‘s upcoming Bone Yard issue with this absolute dream of a line-up. Check it out this October 25th!

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I’ll be participating in this year’s THE POEMING: The Peril of Pike!

The spiel:

Every year in October, to celebrate the spooky season and found poetry, a giant squad of writers uses one genre novelist’s oeuvre to write found poems! Each poet works with one title from the author and posts their found poems to the group tumblr during October—one a day from each participant. This October we’ll be using novels by Christopher Pike to write weird new poems.

I was assigned the final book in Pike’s Remember Me trilogy: The Last Story. I must confess, I’ve never really written poetry before — I’ve always been a prose writer, even as a kid — and I’ve never read anything by Pike before, either. An October of firsts!

If you’d like to join in on THE POEMING and/or just read what weirdness comes of all this, check out these Tumblrs:

Main: https://thepoeming.tumblr.com/

My poeming page: https://kcmeadbrewer.tumblr.com/

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It’s my great pleasure and honor to announce that my story “The Hunted” has been nominated by Cincinnati Review for 2019’s Best of the Net anthology!



Best Small Fictions 2019 is officially available for preorder! It’s such an honor to have work included in this fabulous anthology alongside authors like Carmen Maria Machado, Christopher Gonzalez, Kristen Arnett, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, and Christine Schutt.

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It’s official! I’m now reading fiction submissions for the marvelous Cotton Xenomorph!

Send me your weirdos & your darlings. I’ll be reading them with a cup of tea.


I miss Barrelhouse Magazine’s #WriterCamp already! Such a tremendous honor getting to write and hang with these incredible authors and editors.

Writer Camp


Super excited to finally have my copy of Paper Darts Vol. 8, featuring my story “Things Overheard through a Wall” alongside so many fantastic stories and beautiful works of art.


I’m honored to announce that my story “The Joke” with matchbook has been selected for inclusion in 2019’s Best Small Fictions anthology. My story will be featured alongside the work of authors like Carmen Maria Machado, Amelia Gray, Kristen Arnett, Chaya Bhuvaneswar, and many others.

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And check out this gorgeous cover!

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I am thrilled to announce that I’ve now officially joined 7×7‘s editorial team! This ekphrastic collaboration magazine has lots of exciting changes going on this year and I’m honored to be part of the transition.

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Check out some of the magazine’s terrific stories right here. (I had the pleasure of playing 7×7’s collaborative game with artist Jenna Bao in the fall of 2017. Check out our story “The Devil and the Doorknob” right here.)


So excited & honored to be part of the latest issue of The McNeese Review! My short story “The Three Snake-Leaves” was one of the first I wrote while at Clarion and it’s such a thrill seeing it featured beside the work of powerhouses like poet Maggie Smith and fellow Clarion grad David Armstrong. Get an eyeful of this fabulous cover art:


Clarion 2018 graduates Daniela Tomova and Ashlee Lhamon performed fresh short fiction at the first-ever night of the Terran Lemons Reading Series (hosted by fellow Clarion grad Eliza Ruslander) at the Topos Bookstore Cafe in NYC. (photo courtesy of the marvelous Daniela and her Martin)

(from left to right) Daniela Tomova, Ashlee Lhamon, K.C. Mead-Brewer, Eliza Ruslander, Christian Opperman, and Nic Anstett



secretlives_logoThe marvelous Mr. Bear recently performed my short story “The Daddy-Thing” (Electric Literature) for her radio show Violet Hour Saloon/The Secret Lives of Stuffed Animals. Click here to give it a listen.


I’m so thrilled to announce that my story, “It’s Shaped Like a Grin, They Say” (CHEAP POP), has been selected for inclusion in the Best Micro Fiction 2019 anthology! Also, my story “The Hunted” has been nominated by The Cincinnati Review for 2019’s Best Small Fictions!



I am honored to announce that several of my stories have been nominated for awards this season:

  • CHEAP POP nominated my flash story “It’s Shaped Like a Grin, They Say” for inclusion in the Best Micro Fictions anthology.
  • matchbook nominated my flash story “The Joke” for both the Pushcart Prize and inclusion in the Best Small Fictions anthology.
  • Modern Language Studies nominated my short story “To Unweave a Rainbow” for the Pushcart Prize.

Oh yeah, and I’m also turning 30 this upcoming Monday! Time for cake!MLS nom


I’m so excited to announce that my flash story, “It’s Shaped Like a Grin, They Say,” has been nominated by CHEAP POP for Best Micro Fictions!

Check out the story here.



Don’t forget to check out the latest issue of Modern Language Studies, featuring my short story “To Unweave a Rainbow.” They haven’t updated their website yet, but the latest issue MAPS is now available. Also be on the lookout for the latest in their podcast series, The Sidebar, wherein Fiction Editor Patrick Henry interviews me about my writing process, magical realism, and flash fiction. As a bonus, I also perform a brief excerpt of my story.

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A terrific reading this week, hosted by the generous Writers & Words at Baltimore’s own Charmington’s café. It was a true pleasure getting to share an excerpt of “Quietly Gigantic” with everyone!

For those who missed it, Writers & Words hosts a new reading of at least four authors on the second Tuesday of every month. It’s a terrific opportunity to hear local voices and meet other readers and writers.

5 Burning Questions: An Interview with K.C. Mead-Brewer