Carolyn Jack writes about people who make her want to know more about them, especially why they turned out they way they did and do the things they do. For years, she has observed such people as an arts journalist, reporting on and evaluating creative work, artists and the impact both make on the world around them. Since earning her MFA in fiction from Columbia University School of the Arts a few years ago, she has begun adding novels, short stories and plays to her piles and digital files of newspaper stories.
Carolyn won an honorable mention in the 90th Annual (2021) Writer's Digest Writing Competition for her literary short story, "Fugue and Intermezzo." Her story, "Team-Building," was published online in the July 2020 issue of The Westchester Review, followed by the appearance of her story, "Revision," in the November 2020 online edition of The Blue Mountain Review. In addition, her feature on dance filmmakers Elliot Caplan and Mirra Bank appeared in the July 8, 2020 edition of the national online arts magazine, Critical Read. In May 2017, Carolyn was awarded the 2016 Meringoff Prize for Fiction by the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers (ALSCW) for Chapter I of her completed novel, "Success." She also won The Westchester Review's 2016 Flash Fiction Contest for her story, "Tipping Point." Carolyn has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize twice, most recently for her short story, "Bottles," which was published in the November 2018 Pen + Brush in Ink. Her other work includes two novellas, short stories, plays and poetry. Her film, Wall of Fame, opened the 2009 Ohio Independent Film Festival and her stage scripts have been presented in workshop by Cleveland Public Theatre and Florida Repertory Theatre.