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Mekiya Outini's Publications

“Every day when I sit down to write, it’s with the goal of making myself—and hopefully others—just a little bit more Hippocratic, and less hypocritical.”

Mekiya Outini


  • "Baptism by Earth." Short story. New Millennium Writings. Winner of the 55th NMW Award in Fiction. July 2023. 

  • "The Red Herring." Short story. The Madison Review Extended Cut. 18. November 2022. 

  • "Lorelei's Worm." Short story. Chautauqua Literary Journal. Water Issue (18). June 2021. 

  • "Shibboleth." Short story. The Write Launch. 39. July 2020. 

  • "They Named Her Blue." Short story. Atlantis Magazine. 64. April 2013. 

  • "Stall." Short story. Diverse Voices Quarterly. 13:4.





  • "Banking on a Myth." Co-Authored with Itto Outini. Monograph. The DateKeepers. June 2023. 

  • "The Title Is Your Name." Essay. Michigan Quarterly Review. 61:3. July 2022. 

  • "Ouroboros." Commentary. ABILITY Magazine. May 2022. 

  • "Goa." Essay. Atlantis Magazine. 67. April 2014. 


  • "Soon We'll Sell Ourselves for Parts." Willow Springs Magazine. 89. March 2022. 

  • "Alice." "City of You." Actual Paper Magazine. August 2014. 

  • "Impersonal Birds." "The Jackhammers." Middle Gray Magazine. 4. April 2014. 

  • "Wind Will Be Wind." "The Jackhammers." Episodic Magazine. 5. April 2014. 

  • "Subject Permanence." "Personal Birds." "Chariot." Howl. January 2014. 

  • "Island Hoppers." "Only One." "Buoy." "Remember." "Imaginary Love." Atlantis Magazine. 64. April 2013. 

  • "We Are from the Sea." "Strange Kitchen." Gulf Stream Magazine. 7. April 2012. ​


  • "The Masala Complex: Rape-Revenge Cinema, Grassroots Feminism, and the Collision of Gazes in Mardaani." Film Matters. 7:1. May 2016. 

  • "Revising Revisionist Herstory: Reconstructing Gender Narratives Before, During, and After the Partition of India." Palaver Interdisciplinary Journal. April 2014. 



  • Review of Triangulum: A Novel, by Masande Ntshanga. Published by Two Dollar Radio. Arkansas International. May 2019. 

  • Review of Rough Magic: Riding the World’s Loneliest Horse Race, by Lara Prior-Palmer. Published by Catapult. Arkansas International. April 2019. 

  • Review of The Archive of Alternate Endings, by Lindsey Drager. Published by Dzanc Books. Arkansas International. March 2019. 

  • Review of Companions in Conflict: Animals in Occupied Palestine, by Penny Johnson. Published by Meliville House. Arkansas International. February 2019. 

  • Review of Night School: A Reader for Grownups, by Zsófia Bán, translated by Jim Tucker. Published by Open Letter. Arkansas International. January 2019. 

  • Review of The Females: A Novel, by Wolfgang Hilbig, translated by Isabel Fargo Cole. Published by Two Lines Press. Arkansas International. November 2018.

  • Review of American Fictionary, by Dubravka Ugrešcic, translated by Celia Hawkesworth and Ellen Elias-Bursac. Published by Open Letter. Arkansas International. September 2018. 


  • Winner (1st place) of the 55th New Millennium Award in Fiction ("Baptism by Earth"). July 2023. 

  • Finalist for the 2022 Chanticleer Awards for Short Stories and Essays ("The Man Who Misspelled God"). April 2023. 

  • Finalist for the North Carolina Literary Review's 2023 Alex Albright Creative Nonfiction Prize. ("Fleche, Blood.") April 2023. 

  • Finalist for the 2022 Chanticleer Awards for Collections & Novellas (Cassandra Says.) March 2023. 

  • Short-Listed for the 2022 Chanticleer Awards for Short Stories and Essays ("The Cavemen"). March 2023. 

  • Honorable Mention for the 2022 Leapfrog Press Global Fiction Prize (Bathwater, or, The Miseducation of Ness Chairmonte). November 2022.

  • Semi-Finalist for the 2022 Marianne Russo Emerging Writer’s Awards (“The Red Herring”). September 2022. 

  • Finalist for the 2021 Chanticleer Awards for Short Stories, Novelettes, and Novellas (Bathwater, or, The Miseducation of Ness Chairmonte). May, 2022. 

  • Semi-Finalist for the 2021 Chanticleer Somerset Awards (Ashes, Ashes: A Novel). April 2022. 

  • Wait-Listed for the UCross Foundation 2022 Spring Residency Program. November 2021. 

  • Semi-Finalist for the 2021 Marianne Russo Emerging Writer’s Awards (Ashes, Ashes: A Novel). September 2021.

  • Winner of Sunspot Literary Magazine’s 2020 Editor’s Prize (“The Man Who Misspelled God”). December 2020.

  • Honorable Mention for the Miami Book Fair’s 2020 Emerging Writer’s Fellowship (Ashes, Ashes: A Novel). September 2020. 

  • Finalist for the Texas Review’s 2020 George Garret Fiction Prize (Shibboleth: Stories). March 2020. 

Image by Nahil Naseer

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