Lesley Heiser

Lesley Heiser

Lesley Heiser writes fiction, nonfiction, memoir, criticism, and flash. Her unpublished novel, The Actor, was a top-five finalist in the 2014 Brighthorse Award for the Novel contest. She was the winner of the 2012 Maine Literary Award in Short Fiction and the 2015 Maine Literary Award in Short Nonfiction. She holds an M.F.A. in fiction from Stonecoast at the University of Maine. She is responsible for fundraising and communications at the Maine nonprofit, Cultivating Community. Her published works and all her writing awards are as follows:

-1993-1995, book reviews, The Baltimore Sun

-2000, “The Coca Wars,” long-form journalism, Ms. Magazine

-2001, “On Seeing the Face of an Afghan Woman,” narrative journalism, Moxie Magazine

-2002, Finalist, Richard Margolis Prize for Non-Fiction

-2003, “Visiting Adela,” narrative journalism, Puerto del Sol

-2004, Pushcart Prize nomination, Puerto del Sol

-2005, “Visiting Adela," Puerto del Sol Fortieth Anniversary Anthology

-2011, “Village Girl,” Finalist, short story, Glimmer Train New Writers’ Competition

-2012, “Girl in a Tree,” novel excerpt, in Silk Road

-2012, Winner, Maine Literary Award in Short Fiction from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

-2013, “Malaysian Rainbow,” The Nervous Breakdown

-2014, top-five finalist, Brighthorse Prize for the Novel

-2014, “Saudade,” memoir, Stonecoast Review

-2014, “Speaking in English, Speaking in Sudanese,” flash piece/prose poem, Stirring

-2015, “Saudade,” Hippocampus Magazine

-2015, “The Amazing Heft of Wendy Ortiz’s Hollywood Notebook,” book review/essay, The Rumpus

-2015, Winner, Maine Literary Award in Short Nonfiction from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance

-2016, “La Concordia,” short story, Boulevard

-2016, “Via Dolorosa,” short story, finalist 2016 Boulevard Short Story Contest for Emerging Writers