Sandra Novack earned acclaim with her short stories, which were published in The Iowa Review, The Chattahoochee Review, The Mississippi Review, The Gettysburg, Gulf Coast, and over thirty other literary venues. Her work has been nominated for Pushcart Prizes, and her story “Memphis” was named by Stephen King as a notable story of the year in Best American Short Stories. Shifting gears, she wrote the start of a novel, landed her agent on a partial for the work (85 pages) and had that partial and her collection put out to auction in New York City. Her first novel Precious (Random House, 2009) was heralded as a top 10 debut of 2009. It received starred, positive reviews, was called “haunting,” “lyrical and finely crafted,” and showed “a new writer already in full command of her gifts.” Her short story collection, Everyone But You (Random House, 2011) was called “gutsy,” “raw,” and “honest,” with “artfully crafted characters.”
She has taught at The University of Cincinnati, Duke University, North Carolina State, and West Georgia College, as well as on-line, and she is the recipient of numerous grants for her work. She is currently writing her third book.