Melissa Olson Cunningham


Freelancer - Fiction Writer - Editor



I have been writing professionally in a variety of mediums for the past 14 years. Currently, I am marketing a crossover literary novel, several children's picture books, children's poems and short stories. I also freelance edit, currently for Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Publishing.

Prior to starting an editing business and working in fiction, I served as a communication specialist for the Michigan Senate writing press releases, speeches and creating media plans for senators. I was the assistant editor of The Tecumseh Herald, a newspaper in southeastern Michigan, and have freelanced for numerous publications including Jack and Jill, Michigan Today and Metro Parent Magazine.

My novel, Something Resembing Hope, won honorable mention in the 2006 University of Wisconsin-Madison's First Pages Contest. In 2008, I was awarded a Bear River Merit Scholarship sponsored by Michigan Writers' Inc. In Gather's First Chapters Contest, Something Resembling Hope placed in the top five percent of nearly 2,700 entries. That year, an excerpt of my novel was featured in the Detroit Free Press along with an article about my participation in Gather's contest.

On this website, you will find a small sample of my published work and excerpts of my fiction. I have also included blurbs about how each fiction story took shape, so each piece starts with a 'seed' explaining the thought process behind the idea.

My services

I am available for freelance newspaper and magazine work. I also offer editing services of all types, including website copy, term papers, business documents and creative work. I am a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and Springfed Arts Detroit.


Copyright © 2009 - Melissa Olson Cunningham.