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Debbie Urbanski is a writer living in Syracuse, New York. Her work focuses on aliens, relationships, cults, belief, and family, or some combination of those themes. 



“Are You Ready To Go,” The Southern Review, forthcoming 2018
“The Island,” Gulf Coast, Spring/Summer 2018
“The Case of the Missing Dinosaur,” Highlights Magazine, forthcoming
“Too Many Stinkbugs,” Spider Magazine via Cricket Media (for kids 6-9), forthcoming 2018
“The Very Very Very Long Hike,” Spider Magazine via Cricket Media (for kids 6-9), forthcoming 2018
“The Pleasure Exercises” (reprint),  See the Elephant, forthcoming 
“Verb (Usually Used With Object),” Gargoyle, forthcoming
“When They Came To Us,” (reprint), Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, December 2017*
“An Incomplete Timeline of What We Tried,” Terraform*, December 2017 (really nice review on Boing Boing / Cory Doctorow)
“The Nothing Time: Writing and Reading Through Injury,” The Millions, November 2017*
“The Opposite of Hero Is Me,” Cicada (for teens), November 2017
“A Few Personal Observations On Portals,” The Sun, November 2017* 
“The Interruption,” Terraform, September 2017*
“How To Find a Portal,” Lightspeed, July 2017* (an interview about this)
“For You” & “There Was Once This Woman Who, at Dawn, Trespassed Across the Sand,” Room, June 2017 (poetry!)*
“LK-32-C,” The Kenyon Review, May/June, 2017
“You Can Go Away Now,” Juked, May 2017* 
“A List of Utopias,” The Sun, April 2017 (reprinted in Fall 2017 Utne Reader*)
“Too Many Dragons,” Spider Magazine via Cricket Media (for kids 6-9), March 2017 
“On the Problem of Replacement Children: Prevention, Coping, and Other Practical Strategies,” Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, January/February 2017 (an interview with me about this story)
“Two Moons,” The Sun, December, 2016
“The Thread,” Cicada, November, 2016
“Safe,” Epoch, Fall 2016
“The Return,” Terraform, September 2016* (Notable story for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017)
“My Son Doesn’t Smile for Photos,” Motherwell, September 2016* (reprinted on The Mighty)
“When They Came To Us,” The Sun, August 2016 (chosen for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017)
“16 Definitions of Like (Plus One Aside),” Cicada, July/August 2016
“Why I Stopped Reading Parenting Books,” Brain, Child, June 2016*
“Over There,” Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring/Summer 2016 (a novella!)
“9 Compensations for Sleeplessness,” Orion, May 2016*
“The Sixth To Last Human Chat Ever Recorded,” Terraform / Motherboard, April 2016*
“The Partner,” Highlights Magazine, May 2016
“The Portal,” The Sun, March 2016 (notable story for Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy)
“Better,” Penny, March 2016 online*, in print July 2016
“A Primer on Separation,” Interfictions, Fall 2015* (nice review here!) (Notable story, storySouth Million Writers Award)
“The Last Poem I Loved: On Turning Ten, by Billy Collins,” The Rumpus, September 2015*
“Homesick,” Terraform / Motherboard, September 2015* 
“That’s How Some People Are,” Alaska Quarterly Review, Spring/Summer 2015
“Sundown,” Cicada, March/April 2015 (my first YA sale – whoo-hoo!)
“Someone Like You,” Michigan Quarterly Review, Spring 2015
“Four Examples of How To Lose Your Child,” Day One (Amazon), March 2015
“Re-homing,” Terraform / Motherboard, January 2015*
“Touch,” Interfictions,  2014* (one of io9’s best stories of the week)
Review of Ozma of Oz at HTMLGIANT, October 2014*
“Away,” Nature: International Weekly Journal of Science, August 2014*
“Settlement,” Massachusetts Review, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2014 
“Devotion,” Southern Review, Autumn 2014 (listen to an excerpt)
“Not Like What You Said,” Alaska Quarterly Review, Fall/Winter 2014 (read nice review on Ploughshare’s blog) (another nice review from Alaska Dispatch News)
“A Bridge To You,” Necessary Fiction, May 2014* (read a cool review of this story)
“The Reason for All My Sounds,” Kenyon Review, Spring 2014
“Subtraction,” Five Chapters, March 2014*
“Willing,” Midwestern Gothic, Spring 2014 / Issue 13 
“The Pleasure Exercises,” Confrontation, Spring 2014 / Issue 115
“Memorabilia,” Membrane, 2014
“Some Time Away,” Tin House Open Bar, March 2014*
“None of It Was a Hoax,” Monkeybicycle, 2014*
 “Distance,” joylandmagazine.com and Joyland Retro, 2013*
“Apocalypse as Utopia: On Marlen Haushofer’s The Wall,” NER Digital, 2012*
“Wonder,” Interzone, 2012
“Protest,” Santa Monica Review, 2012
“Once There Was a Wondering Boy,” Indiana Review, 2012
“The Move,” New England Review, 2011 (appearing on Litragger*) 
“Taken,” The Southern Review, 2010
“Provenance,” Alaska Quarterly Review, 2009
“Want,” Natural Bridge, 2007
“The Confession of Adelaide the Great,” Gulf Coast, 2007
“The Circus Woman Who Is Discussing Someone Else’s Idea of Temptation,” Verse Daily / Backwards City Review2006 (this is a poem–I used to write poems!)*
“The Life of Alice Peters, as Told by Herself, the Blessed Alice Peters,”The Sun, 2003
*entire story is online


Interview with Hege Anita Jakobsen about creative non-fiction/ The Sun, 2017
Lightspeed interview, July 2017
Fantasy & Science Fiction interview, January 2017
Cicada interview, 2016

Residencies / Fellowships / Awards / Anthologies

Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017, “When They Came To Us” 
Notable stories, Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2017: “The Portal” and “The Return”
Honorable mention, Glimmer Train’s Family Matters story contest, 2016 (for “Are You Ready To Go”)
Notable story, storySouth Million Writers Award, 2016 (for “A Primer on Separation”)
Winner, Highlights for Children Fiction Magazine Contest, 2015
Finalist, the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing, 2015
Finalist, Katherine Anne Porter Prize in Short Fiction for my manuscript of stories That’s How Some People Are, 2014
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts residency, September 2014
Constance Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts residency, May 2014 
Story chosen for New Stories from the Midwest 2013 (New American Press), featuring the 20 best stories published that year and set in the Midwest
Distinguished story of the year, Best American Mystery Stories, 2011