Writer of the Year


Amanda Luzzader

Amanda Luzzader is the award-winning author of dozens of short stories and essays. Her work can be found in numerous collections and anthologies, from Apocalypse Utah: A Collection of Utah Horror to Chicken Soup for the Soul. Amanda’s debut series, Among These Bones, was published in 2019.

Amanda writes mainly upmarket science fiction and horror, and she is a self-described ’fraidy cat. Things she will run away from include (but are not limited to): mice, snakes, spiders, bits of string and litter that resemble spiders, most members of the insect kingdom, and (most especially) bats. Bats are the worst. But Amanda is first and primarily a mother to two energetic and intelligent sons, and this role inspires and informs her writing, which frequently involves mothers and women as main characters. As Amanda likes to say, “Moms are people, too.”

Amanda has worked as a technical writer and a professional editor and is currently employed as a grant writer for a Utah nonprofit organization focused on protecting children and strengthening families. Amanda is available for interviews and presentations.