About

I’m Marylee MacDonald, writer, caregiver advocate, former carpenter, mother of five, widow and wife. I’m the author of the novel, Montpelier Tomorrow, and a short story collection, Bonds of Love & Blood.

My short stories have won the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, the Jeanne M. Leiby Chapbook Award, the ALR Fiction Prize, the Matt Clark Prize, and taken second in the Dana Prize and Faulkner-Wisdom competition. I’ve been a finalist for the Lamar York Prize, among others.

Montpelier Tomorrow won a Gold Medal for Drama from the Readers’ Favorites International Book Awards, and it was a finalist for the Bellwether Prize, the Next Generation INDIE Book Awards, and the Eric Hoffer Prize. On Goodreads, the novel is #1 on two Listopia lists: “Non-Chicklit Books for Women” and “Books You Need Tissues to Read.”

Bonds of Love & Blood is a Finalist in Foreword Reviews‘ INDIEFAB Book Awards.

My short stories have been published in American Literary Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Folio, Four Quarters, New Delta Review, North Atlantic Review, Ruminate, StoryQuarterly, Superstition Review, The Briar Cliff Review, The Chattahoochee Review, and the Yalobusha Review.

I have a Master’s in English/Creative Writing from San Francisco State University and a Certificate in Novel Writing from Stanford’s School of Continuing Education. I’ve been a Writing Fellow at Arizona State University’s Piper Center for Creative Writing. At their “Desert Nights, Rising Stars” writers’ conference, I’ve led workshops and taught classes on writing fiction, literary editing, writing memoirs, and issues of work-life balance.

In recent years I have led a writing group in Tempe, AZ. Members of my group have won or been finalists in a number of competitions: the 2014 Emerging Writers contest, the First Coast Romance Writers Novel Prize, the Arts & Letters Fiction Prize, the Blue Moon Fiction Prize, the Tucson Book Festival competition, and more. I love helping writers improve their craft and build their careers.