Grant Faulkner

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Grant Faulkner is an American writer, the executive director of National Novel Writing Month(NaNoWriMo), and the co-founder of the online literary journal 100 Word Story.

Grant Faulkner
OccupationFiction writer, essayist, executive director of National Novel Writing Month, co-founder of 100 Word Story
Alma materGrinnell College; San Francisco State University
Notable workFissures
Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo


Grant Faulkner was born and raised in Oskaloosa, Iowa. He earned a B.A. in English from Grinnell College and an M.A. in creative writing from San Francisco State University.[1] He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the writer Heather Mackey, and their two children.[2]

In 2011, Faulkner and Lynn Mundell co-founded 100 Word Story, an online literary journal that publishes stories that are exactly 100 words long.[3] Stories published in 100 Word Story have been included on Wigleaf’s Top (Very) Short Fictions list[4] and anthologized in the annual Best Small Fictions series and W.W Norton's New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction.[5]

In 2012, he became executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), taking over from founder Chris Baty.[6] With more than 500,000 writers signing up to take part in NaNoWriMo’s programs annually, it's the largest writing event in the world.[citation needed]

NaNoWriMo emphasizes that everyone has a story to tell, and that everyone’s story matters. “Humans are naturally wired to tell stories because that’s how we make meaning of the world,” Faulkner said. “So everyone has a story—or many stories—to tell. Everyone is a creative type by definition.”[7]

In 2014, Faulkner co-founded the Flash Fiction Collective, a reading series in San Francisco, with writers Jane Ciabattari and Meg Pokrass.

In 2018, Faulkner launched the podcast "Write-minded: Weekly Inspiration for Writers" with co-host Brooke Warner of

Literary work[edit]

Faulkner’s stories and essays have appeared in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, Poets & Writers, Writer’s Digest, The Southwest Review, The Gettysburg Review, Five Points, Green Mountains Review, and Puerto del Sol. His stories have also been anthologized in W.W. Norton’s New Micro: Especially Short Fiction and Best Small Fictions 2016.

In 2015, Faulkner released Fissures, a collection of one hundred 100-word stories, published by Press 53.

One reviewer wrote, “In Grant Faulkner’s collection of very short fiction, Fissures [One Hundred 100-Word Stories], Faulkner manages to elevate his language, presenting each word here with the rhetorical weight of a novel and with a poetic aptitude that is anything but self-indulgent. Faulkner has, instead, carefully crafted these stories, and each word comes at the reader as high currency.”[8]

The 100-word story form is often likened to prose poetry,[9] which is one thing that drew Faulkner to the form. “I’ve always liked forms that blur,” he said. “To say that a piece of writing is a prose poem versus a story is just a matter of an author’s intention, an author’s definition.”[10] In 2018, he co-edited a collection of the best stories published in 100 Word Story, Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story with Lynn Mundell and Beret Olsen.

Faulkner is also known for his writings on the creative process. In 2017, Faulkner published Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo. In 2019, he co-authored Brave the Page, a teen writing guide.

Faulkner regularly presents at conferences, including the Frankfurt Book Fair, Book Expo America, the Bay Area Book Festival, the Oakland Book Festival, Litquake, the Writer’s Digest Conference, and the San Francisco Writers Conference, among others.[11]

List of works[edit]


  • Brave the Page: A Young Writers Guide to Telling Epic Stories
  • Nothing Short of 100: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story
  • Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo
  • Fissures

Selected short stories[edit]


Selected interviews[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2015-06-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^[bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ ""We'll Always Publish a Good Story." A Chat With Grant Faulkner, Editor of 100 Word Story - The Review Review".
  4. ^ "The Wigleaf Top 50 (Very) Short Fictions of 2015".
  5. ^
  6. ^ "An interview with Grant Faulkner, OLL's new Executive Director!". National Novel Writing Month.
  7. ^ "Grant Faulkner: A Modern Day Pioneer Inspiring Creativity Through Writing". 2 November 2014.
  8. ^ "Microfiction at Work: A Review of Fissures by Grant Faulkner - Atticus Review". 1 June 2015.
  9. ^ "Is It Prose Poetry, Short Prose, Or Flash Fiction? - Writer's Relief, Inc". 18 July 2013.
  10. ^[dead link]
  11. ^ "Bio".

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