About Melodie Campbell

"the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake"
Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine
National Bestselling Author
 MELODIE CAMPBELL

"Is that a broadsword on your belt, or are you just glad to see me?"  

The Toronto Sun called her Canada's "Queen of Comedy."  Library Journal compared her to Janet Evanovich.  In 2018, Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine christened her "the Canadian literary heir to Donald Westlake."

Melodie Campbell got her start writing comedy.  Winner of ten awards, including the Derringer, Arthur Ellis, and Hamilton Reads, she has more than 200 publications including 100 comedy credits and 40 short stories, one of which shared a literary shortlist with Margaret Atwood.

Melodie has a Commerce degree from Queen's University, but it didn't take well.  She has been a bank manager, marketing director, college instructor, comedy writer, and possibly the worst runway model ever.

Melodie is the past executive director of Crime Writers of Canada, and has been on faculty at Sheridan College since 1992.  Her 15th book, The Crime Club (Orca books) will be published in 2019.

Read Melodie on Sleuthsayers, the Criminal Blog, the 4th Saturday of every month.

AWARDS:

WINNER of the 2015 Hamilton Literary Council, "HAMILTON READS" Award
The Goddaughter Series

WINNER  of the 2014 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD (Novella)
"The Goddaughter's Revenge"

WINNER of the 2014 DERRINGER AWARD
"The Goddaughter's Revenge"

WINNER: 2014 NorthWord Literary Journal/YMM National Short Story Competition
"Hook, Line and Sinker"

FINALIST for the 2018 Ontario Library Association GOLDEN OAK AWARD
"The Bootlegger's Goddaughter"

FINALIST  for the 2015 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD
"Hook, Line and Sinker"

FINALIST for the 2013 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD
"Life Without George"

FINALIST for the 2012 DERRINGER AWARD
"The Perfect Mark"

FINALIST for the 2012 ARTHUR ELLIS AWARD
"The Perfect Mark"

2012 Arts Hamilton national short fiction award,
2nd prize
"Life Without George"

WINNER: Holiday Short Story Contest (EU)
Dec. 2011
"Blue Satin and Love"

Bony Pete short story contest, 3rd prize,
"The Perfect Mark", 2011

Arts Hamilton national short fiction award finalist
"Santa Baby", 2008

Bony Pete Short Story contest 3rd prize
"School for Burglars", 2006

Murder Mayhem and the Macabre, City of Mississauga,
WINNER:  2 categories
"Tea for One" and "Cyanide", 1991

Canadian Living Magazine Romance Story contest 3rd prize
"Jive Talk", 1989


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