Jacob M. Appel's first novel, The Man Who Wouldn't Stand Up, won the Dundee International Book Award in 2012. His short story collection, Scouting for the Reaper, won the 2012 Hudson Prize and will be published by Black Lawrence in November 2013.
Jacob has published short fiction in more than two hundred literary journals including Agni, Alaska Quarterly Review, Conjunctions, Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, Iowa Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Southwest Review, StoryQuarterly, Subtropics, Threepenny Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and West Branch. He has won the New Millennium Writings contest
four times, the Writer's Digest "grand prize" twice, and the William
Faulkner-William Wisdom competition in both fiction and creative
nonfiction. He has also won annual contests sponsored by Boston Review, Missouri Review, Arts & Letters, Bellingham Review, Briar Cliff Review, North American Review, Sycamore Review, Writers' Voice, the Dana Awards, the Salem Center for Women Writers, and Washington Square. His
work has been short listed for the O. Henry Award (2001), Best American
Short Stories (2007, 2008), Best American Essays (2011, 2012), and
received "special mention" for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2011
Jacob holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Brown University, an M.A.
and an M.Phil. from Columbia University, an M.S. in bioethics from the
Alden March Bioethics Institute of Albany Medical College, an M.D. from
Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons, an M.F.A. in
creative writing from New York University, an M.F.A. in playwriting from
Queens College, an M.P.H. from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a
J.D. from Harvard Law School. He has most recently taught at Brown
University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was honored with the
Undergraduate Council of Students Award for Excellence in Teaching in
2003, and at the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York City. He also
publishes in the field of bioethics and contributes to such publications
as the Journal of Clinical Ethics, the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics, the Hastings Center Report, and the Bulletin of the History of Medicine. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The New York Daily News, The New York Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Detroit Free Press, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Times, The Providence Journal and many regional newspapers.
Jacob has been admitted to the practice of law in New York
State and Rhode Island, and is a licensed New York City sightseeing