About Ellen

Ellen Prentiss Campbell is the author of the novel The Bowl with Gold Seams (2016) and the short story collection Contents Under Pressure (2016). Her short fiction has been featured in numerous journals including The Massachusetts Review and The MacGuffin. Her essays and reviews appear in The Fiction Writers Review, where she is a contributing editor, and the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Ellen is a past Fellow at The Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has been recognized by The Pushcart Press (2018) and in competitions including Augury Books Short Story Collection (2013), Iron Horse Fiction Collection Contest (2010), Hunger Mountain Short Fiction Contest (2009), The Ledge Fiction Contest (2007), The Emerging Writers Network Fiction Competition (2006), The Elizabeth Simpson Smith Award (2005), The Potomac Review Fiction Contest (2003). Ellen is a member of the National Book Critics Circle.

Ellen is a graduate of The Bennington Writing Seminars, Simmons School of Social Work, and Smith College.

As a child, Ellen dictated stories before she could write, and remembers the disappointment of learning to read but still being unable to crack the cursive code of her grandmother’s letters. Both as a writer and a psychotherapist, she seeks the story between the lines and behind the words.

She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, and summers in Manns Choice, Pennsylvania.