Chad Pelley’s fiction has been recognized by a dozen literary awards. His debut novel, Away from Everywhere, was a Coles bestseller, and a film adaptation — starring Jason Priestley & Shawn Doyle — occurred in the spring of 2015. Away from Everywhere was also shortlisted for the ReLit Award, the Canadian Author’s Association’s Emerging Author Award, and it won the CBC NLAC Emerging Artist Award.
His second novel, Every Little Thing, was released in March of 2013 and CBC Canada Reads winner Lisa Moore called it “Stylistically fresh, taut with emotional torques and charges,” and “Cant’-put-it-down compelling.” It was shortlisted for the ReLit Award.
His short fiction has won several awards, and has been published in journals — like Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review, and The New Quarterly — as well as several anthologies and textbooks. His debut collection Four Letter Words, about people longing for things they’ll never have will be released in Spring 2016.
Chad has facilitated a creative writing course at Memorial University, founded the popular Canadian book blog Salty Ink (RIP!), writes for advertizing companies, and has written for a variety of publications, such as Quill & Quire, Globe and Mail, The Telegram, The National Post, and the Telegraph-Journal. In January of 2014, he founded The Overcast: Newfoundland’s Alternative Newspaper, which celebrates the artists, entrepreneurs, and culture of his home province.
He also sells photography and writes half a dozen songs a month, but can’t sing well enough to pursue a career in music, hence the whole book thing.