About

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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. 

 

Publications
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STORIES: GENRE /  LITERARY / CROSS-GENRE

STORIES: KIDS / TEENS

  • “You,” forthcoming, Cicada via Cricket Media (for teens)
  • “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, forthcoming 2018
  • “The Opposite of Hero Is Me,” Cicada, November 2017
  • “Too Many Dragons,” Spider Magazine, March 2017 
  • “The Thread,” Cicada, November, 2016
  • “16 Definitions of Like (Plus One Aside),” Cicada, July/August 2016
  • “The Partner,” Highlights Magazine, May 2016
  • “Sundown,” Cicada, March/April 2015 (my first YA sale – whoo-hoo!)

CREATIVE NON-FICTION / ESSAYS 

OTHER

INTERVIEWS

RESIDENCIES / FELLOWSHIPS / AWARDS / ANTHOLOGIES

  • Tiptree, Jr. Award Long List, 2017, for “The Portal,” “The Thread,” “A List of My Utopias,” “How to Find a Portal,” and “A Few Personal Observations About Portals”
  • 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