Stephen Schottenfeld

Associate Professor of English
MFA, University of Iowa

414 Morey Hall
(585) 275-6477

Research Overview

Stephen Schottenfeld has completed a story collection,Miss Ellen Jameson Is Not Deceased, and he has a novel, Bluff City Pawn, forthcoming from Bloomsbury. His narratives often trace the work lives of his characters—postal carriers, telephone repairmen, home inspectors, police detectives, clothing manufacturers, trailer-park owners, to name a few—and explore how these professions bring an individual into a unique set of experiences and conflicts and expressions. His stories have been published in numerous literary magazines and have garnered a Michener/Copernicus Society of America grant, a Halls Fiction Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a tuition scholarship from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and special mentions in both the Pushcart Prize and Best American Short Stories anthologies.

Selected Publications

  • Bluff City Pawn, a novel, Bloomsbury 2014
  • "Summer Avenue," in The Gettysburg Review (winter 2010)
  • "Artie Gottlieb, Consulting Philosopher," in Virginia Quarterly Review 82.2 (2006)
  • "Stonewall and Jackson," in New England Review 27.1 (2006)
  • "The Shiva," in Massachusetts Review 47.1 (2006)
  • "Miss Ellen Jameson is Not Deceased," in TriQuarterly 117 (2003)
  • "Mr. Gaffney Lives in Mont Peculiar," in StoryQuarterly 38 (2002)
  • "Trick or Treat," in Mississippi Review 8.3 (2002)
  • "Yards," in Crescent Review 16.2 (2001)
  • "Rose," in TriQuarterly 107/108 (2000)
  • "Obituaries," in Iowa Review 29.3 (1999)
  • "Fight or Flight," in Maryland Review 11 (1999)
  • "The Bullet," in Gulf Coast 10.2 (1998)
  • "The Test Set," in Coe Review 28 (1998)
  • "Sole Man," in Isthmus 28.5 (2003)


  • Courses in fiction writing, modern and contemporary literature, playwriting, screenwriting

Professional Honors and Awards

  • Admissions Board Member, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 2008
  • Best American Short Stories Anthology, Distinguished Story, 2007
  • Pushcart Prize Anthology, Special Mention, 2005
  • Pushcart Prize Anthology, Nomination, 2003
  • Indiana Review Fiction Prize, Finalist, 2002
  • Pushcart Prize Anthology, Special Mention, 2001
  • Glimmer Train's Very Short Fiction Award, Finalist, summer 2000
  • Michener-Copernicus Society of America Award, 1999-2000
  • Halls Fiction Fellow, University of Wisconsin at Madison, 1998-99
  • Glimmer Train's Short Story Award for New Writers, Finalist, fall 1998