Margo Rabb
Margo's essay about YA literature can be read in the New York Times Book Review.

Three of Margo's short stories can be read online: "How to Tell A Story," a satire of a MFA program, was published in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope: All Story, and performed live by actors in New York City and San Francisco. "The Healthy Heart" was serialized in Five Chapters. "My Mother's First Lover" was published in The Atlantic Monthly.

An essay, called "The Day My Mother Died," was originally published in Mademoiselle, and can be read here.

Published Work

SHORT STORIES

Anthologies Magazines
  • "The Healthy Heart" Five Chapters (2007)
  • "How to Survive a Funeral" San Diego Union Tribune (2007)
  • "Ghost Story" One Story (2003)
  • "Fortune" Shenandoah (Summer 2002)
  • "Museum"New England Review (Winter 2002)
  • "Anima" Book Magazine Online (January/February 2002)
  • "Seduce Me" Seventeen (December 2001)
  • "Are You Alone Tonight?" Jaberwock Review (2001)
  • "How to Find Love" Glimmer Train Stories (2000)
  • "Black Humor" Seventeen (August 2000)
  • "How to Tell A Story" Zoetrope: All Story (Winter 1999)
  • "Tapenade" The Sun (September 1999)
  • "My Mother's First Lover" The Atlantic Monthly, (November 1998)
  • "Farmer Girls" Bridges (January 1998)
  • "Lox" Chicago Review (Winter 1998)
  • "World History" American Fiction (1997)
  • "Hospital Food" Seventeen (May 1997)
  • "Pumpernickel" Witness (May 1997)
  • "Love At Work" Chat (1997)
  • "Shanah Tovah" broadcast on National Public Radio's The Sound of Writing (March 1996)
ESSAYS

  • "Non-idiots In Love" Shelf Discovery (2009)
  • "Passing it On(line)" Recycle This Book (2009)
  • "I'm YA and I'm OK" New York Times Book Review (2008)
  • "Happy All the Time: Loving Laurie Colwin" Post Road (2008)
  • "Tale of a Half-Pint" Does This Book Make Me Look Fat? anthology (2008)
  • "A Child's Chanukah (And Christmas) In Queens" Jbooks.com (2004)
  • "My Year As Colony Traveler" Poets & Writers Magazine (2004)
  • "The Day My Mother Died" Mademoiselle (May 2001)
  • "Farrar, Straus, and Giroux" Poets & Writers Magazine (1997)
  • "Vermont Studio Center" Poets & Writers Magazine (1996)
NOVELS FOR YOUNGER READERS

Margo is also the author of a series of novels for readers twelve and up.
Click here for the website for the Missing Persons series.


  • Missing Persons Book One: The Rose Queen
  • Missing Persons Book Two: The Chocolate Lover
  • Missing Persons Book Three: The Venetian Policeman
  • Missing Persons Book Four: The Unsuspecting Gourmet

  • Missing Persons is published in the U.S. and Canada by Speak, an imprint of Penguin Books for Young Readers; in the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand by Walker Books; in Japan by Rironsha; in Thailand by Circle; in Croatia by desk d.o.o.; and in France by Editions Fleurus
PRIZES

  • Winner, Texas Teddy Book Award (2008)
  • Booklist Editors' Choice (2007)
  • Kirkus Reviews Best Book for Young Adults (2007)
  • Grand Prize, Zoetrope Fiction Contest for "How to Tell A Story" (1999)
  • First prize, The Atlantic Monthly, for "My Mother's First Lover" (1998)
  • First prize, American Fiction, judged by Joyce Carol Oates, for "World History" (1997)
  • Third Prize, Glimmer Train Stories Short Story Award for New Writers (1996)
  • PEN/Syndicated Fiction Project Award, judged by Mona Simpson, for "Shanah Tovah" (1994)
FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS, & HONORS

  • Shane Stevens Fellowship, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference (2008)
  • Fellowship, Sewanee Writers' Conference (2008)
  • Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony (2005-2006)
  • ALA Quick Pick for Missing Persons (2004)
  • Sydney Taylor Notable Book for Missing Persons (2004)
  • Lila Wallace Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony (2002-2003)
  • Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (2002)
  • Tennessee Williams Scholarship, Sewanee Writers' Conference (2001)
  • Fellowship, The MacDowell Colony (2000)
  • Mildred Bissinger Fellowship, Djerassi Resident Artists Program (1999)
  • Scholarship, Wesleyan Writer's Conference (1999)
  • Scholarship, Bread Loaf Writer's Conference (1998)
  • John Wescott Scholarship, University of Arizona (1998)
  • Fellowship, The Vermont Studio Center (1995)