Born and raised in the foothills of Colorado, Shannon Fox moved to San Diego, CA to attend school at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD). She graduated with a B.A. in Literature-Writing and a minor in film studies. While at UCSD, she had the opportunity to study with Pulitzer Prize-winner, Rae Armentrout, Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum, Michael Davidson, Anna Joy Springer, Mel Freilicher, Alain J.-J. Cohen, and others. Shannon was also an editor on the inaugural issue of UCSD’s Alchemy Journal of Translation, a magazine of literature in translation.
Shannon is a multi-genre writer of stories set against the backdrop of the American West and Southwest. Her fiction spans past, present, and future and often feature morally grey characters doing their best in a complex world. She also writes non-fiction and the occasional poem. Her short stories have appeared in the Cursed Collectibles Anthology, The Plaid Horse Magazine, Black Fox Literary Magazine, The Copperfield Review, The Fat City Review, and Mania Magazine. She also has a short story in the Monsters, Movies, & Mayhem Anthology, which was edited by Kevin J. Anderson and nominated for a Colorado Book Award. She has also authored a number of non-fiction articles and blogs for online and print publications. On the non-fiction side her work has appeared in Equine Journal, Dressage Daily, the Horse Tack Co Blog, the 2K Grey Blog, The Dark Globe, Intrepid International, and Scientific American Mind Magazine, among others. She has also been an Assistant Editor at Narrative Magazine, helping reading fiction and memoir submissions. Shannon regularly attends writing conferences and is also part of the best writing critique group on the planet (#TeamTornadoHouse – yes, we’re definitely getting jackets!)
Shannon is the owner of Minute Marketing, a marketing company based in San Diego, CA, that helps small business owners and Realtors save time with their marketing. You can check out more about her company here.
Shannon is also a competitive dressage rider and owns two fantastic horses. She is a USDF Bronze and Silver Medalist and has competed in the FEI (international) levels, through Intermediare I. She lives in San Diego with her awesome fiancee, the best dog in the world, and two very silly cats. You can peep more of the animals on her Instagram. She enjoys pumpkin spice, tea, reading (duh), writing (also, duh), chocolate, browsing Target, buying new notebooks with pretty covers, scarves and sweaters, interior design, sleeping, fall leaves, sunshine, days off, and keeping up with her quest to travel to one new place every year.
Honors & Awards
2019 Honorable Mention 47th New Millennium Writing Awards in Flash Fiction for “Uncanny”
2018 Honorable Mention The Plaid Horse Prize in Fiction for “Homecoming” (The Plaid Horse)
2012 Literature Departmental Honors Program (UC-San Diego)
2011 Stewart Prize in Poetry Runner-Up, Judged by Rae Armantrout (UC-San Diego)
2009 Christmas Short Story Competition Winner (Penninsula Gateway)
Professional Conferences & Workshops
2020 Superstars Writing Seminars
2019 Fallbrook Writers’ Conference
2019 Superstars Writing Seminars
2018 Superstars Writing Seminars
2017 Writer’s Digest San Diego Writing Workshop
2017 San Diego State University (SDSU) Writers’ Conference
2014 San Francisco Writing Workshop With Tom Jenks