Scott Dorsch

Fiction writer in the Pacific Northwest.

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About Scott

Scott Dorsch is an emerging writer from Michigan and an M.F.A. fiction candidate at the University of Idaho. His work has appeared in Everything Change, Vol. III and The Midwestern Gothic. He recently served as the fiction editor for Fugue Literary Journal. He is the recipient of a 2019 Writing in the Wild Fellowship through the University of Idaho, a 2021 Good Hart Artist Residency, and a 2021 Summer Fishtrap Fellowship. Beyond writing, Scott is a gardener, musician, and certified wildlife tracker with a rock-climbing obsession. He is currently at work on his first novel and story collection.

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Everything Change, Volume III

“Rai Olmstead stepped out onto the back porch that evening to bury his wife during a lull. The air seemed still, stagnant, though still blowing forty knots out of the west, pulling groans from the last of the gaunt pines and cedars lining the property. The sun, difficult to see, cast lazy pinks and opals on the horizon. A coffee can full of nails held the door…”

midwestern gothic literary journal summer 2018

Holes or Tunnels

Midwestern Gothic, Summer 2018

“The lake here has no bottom. There’s a whale-sized drain right in the middle with a nose and tail that keep stretching further out by the day. Dad says it looks like a blue-black buckeye from space. When boats sink from the big storms, the search party drinks a beer. No one ever comes back from that, they’d say for the paper…”


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Summer Fishtrap


Wallowa, OR

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Everything Change

Contest Finalist

ASU Imagination & Climate Futures Initiative

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Good Hart 

Artist Residency

Good Hart, MI

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Writing in the Wild


University of Idaho

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Fiction Award

Northern Michigan University

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Legler Memorial

Poetry Prize

Northern Michigan University

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