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Dawn Miller

Writer, Artist, Traveler



Dawn is a writer of short fiction, flash fiction, and novels. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize. One of her stories was shortlisted for the 2023 Bath Flash Fiction Award.

Her manuscript Every Fragile Thing was a finalist in the summer, 2021 Novel Slices competition and was shortlisted for the Retreat West's Novel Prize in 2019.

In addition to writing, Dawn is a visual artist and holds B.A. and B.Ed. degrees from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her manuscript The Weight of Silence was shortlisted in Retreat West's First Chapter Competition 2023.

She has taught students who are Deaf for more than twenty years. Born in France, she grew up primarily in Kingston, Ontario. She lives and writes in beautiful Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada.


Japan, 2019

"How to Become a Million Marvelous Shapes"

Brink Literary Journal

October 2023

"My Boy, Leaving"

Reservoir Road Literary Review, Issue 11

September 2023

"Counting Stones"

Fictive Dream, September 2023

"White Out"

South Florida Poetry Journal

August 2023

"Famers' Almanac"

1st place winner, fiction category

Wind and Water Writing Contest 2023

"To the Doctor Who Called My Son 'The Overdose'"

FlashFlood Journal, National Flash Fiction day, June 24, 2023'

"Edna St. Vincent Millay Covers the Mirrors"

The Forge Literary Magazine

publication date: May 8, 2023


detail from Matt, encaustic and mixed media, by Dawn Miller


Fractured Lit Anthology II

Spring, 2023

Available for purchase here

"The Chipmunk"

Room Magazine, Issue 46.2

3rd place, Short Forms Contest 2022


Fictive Dream, February 2023


Stanchion, Issue 10, January 2023

available for order here

"Ice Fishing"

Burningword Literary Journal

January 5, 2023

"The Egg"

Cleaver Magazine, Issue 40, Dec 2022

3rd place winner, Cleaver 2022 Flash Competition

"Chaos Theory"

Ellipsis Zine

November 30, 2022


SmokeLong Quarterly, September 2022

(First Place Winner, fiction category)


This Will Only Take a Minute

Guernica Edition anthology, November 2022

"Mother's Wishes" Typehouse Literary Magazine

 Spring 2022

"At Fifteen"

Jellyfish Review, April 2022

"Jack Pine" The Maine Review, Issue 7-3

(nominated for a Pushcart Prize)

"Dominion Day"

Canadian Authors Association's Fifteen Stories High Anthology

"Memories of Zeppelin"

Verandah Literary and Art Journal, Vol. 34

Forthcoming Publications

"Two Weeks After the Mastectomy"

Vestal Review

Winter 2023


Whale Road Review

date: TBA

"Friday Afternoon at the Mammography Unit


Bath Flash Fiction Award 2023

to be published in Bath FF Anthology: December 2023


Nest, encaustic and mixed media,

by Dawn Miller

Awards and Recognitions

"How (Not) to Store Your Sister's Wig

SmokeLong Quarterly Summer Fiction competition 2021

"The Farmers' Almanac"

1st place Winner, fiction category

Wind and Water Writing Contest

Prince Edward County Arts Council

"The Girl Made of Dirt"

shortlisted, The Welkin Writing Prize 2023

The Weight of Silence

shortlisted, Retreat West's First Chapter Competition 2023

"The Chipmunk" 

3rd Place Winner

Room Magazine Short Forms Contest 2022

nominated Ellipsis Zine's Best Of 2022

"Edna St. Vincent Millay Covers the Mirrors"

longlisted The SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction

"The Egg"

3rd place

Cleaver Magazine Flash Fiction competition October 2022


Winner, SmokeLong Quarterly Summer Flash Fiction Competition (Fiction category) 2022


Fractured Lit Anthology II Prize winner

"Waiting for the Sing"

Finalist, Wind and Water Writing Competition, Prince Edward County, Summer 2022

Pushcart Prize nomination for "Jack Pine"


Every Fragile Thing (excerpt)

Finalist, Novel Slices Competition, 

Summer 2021

Shortlisted, Raven Short Story Competition

Pulp Literature

Shortlisted, Spirit of the Hills Short Story Competition 2019



Detail from Secrets, acrylic on canvas, by Dawn Miller

To check out a portfolio of my art work, please click on the following link:

Dawn's Art




2023 continues to be a fantastic year! I'm thrilled to announce my short story "The Famers' Almanac" was chosen as the first place winner of the 2023 Prince Edward County Arts Council Wind and Water Writing Contest!

I'm also very grateful that "Friday Afternoon at the Mammography Unit" made the shortlist in the 2023 Bath Flash Fiction Award and will appear in the Bath Anthology to be published in December 2023.

I have stories forthcoming in Vestal Review, Fictive Dream, Brink Literary, South Florida Poetry Journal, Whale Road Review, and Reservoir Road. I'm thrilled and honoured to have my work appear in these beautiful publications.

I have started querying agents with my upmarket novel which can best be described as a book about the family secrets in Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine mixed with the triumph of the underdog in the recent movie The Whale.


While I query, I have started my fourth book, upmarket fiction with a dash of magical realism, which I'm really excited about.


The road to publication continues! 😁



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